ARCHITECT • DESIGNER • VOYAGER
‘Creativity and inspiration flourish in places with beauty and unique character. Marrakech is blessed with both of these.’
Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin is renowned for his pioneering sustainable product design and interiors; a Royal College of Art graduate, he’s worked across Asia and Europe and collaborated with Ron Arad and Jean Nouvel, as well as brands such as Hermès, Hermann Miller, Delvaux, Swatch and Val Saint-Lambert.
At Almaha Marrakech, he takes inspiration from the Baudelaire poem ‘Invitation au Voyage’ to create an exotic, enveloping world that brings together centuries-old Moroccan craftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic, playing on themes of musical rhythm and mathematical symmetry.
‘I want people to feel pampered here; I want them to feel that anything is possible: Baudelaire’s poem is about escaping into an idyllic world where all the senses are stimulated. I want our guests to come here and experience what they can’t elsewhere: to propose in the desert under the stars; to be invited to share a traditional meal with a local family. I wanted to create a gorgeous space where travel is what it should be: a discovery – a unique experience.’
THE PIXEL ROOM
Jemaa el-Fnaa in 23,000 pixels of silk
‘Marrakech has two dimensions: one that offers modern comforts and the other, a world where you can feel and touch the spirit of the past.’
Retreat in the heart of the city, for mint tea, pastries or aperitifs: in the Pixel Room lounge, the energy of the main square Jemaa el-Fnaa – and the countless people who throng its spaces daily – is rendered still and peaceful in 23,000 padded cubes of coloured silk. The ancient city guild crafts of weaving and zellige tilework captured in an installation with the precision and order of photographic pointillism.
A paper-sculpture installation of 1,083 works of French literature
Spelling out lines from Baudelaire’s ‘Invitation au Voyage’, the pages of a thousand books become an artistic focal point for the galleried dining room at Almaha Marrakech. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served beneath an ornately carved cedarwood ceiling – it’s a celebration of ancient and modern craftsmanship, of Marrakchi and Bedouin culture, of hospitality and discovery.