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Madison Cox's Tangier

Tangier…made an international zone in 1923, for thirty years the party never ended in a city of controversy, spies, bohemians, intrigue, and glamour made famous by the likes of Barbara Hutton, Yves St. Laurent, the Rolling Stones, and William Burroughs.

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After losing some its luster over the last decade, Tangier is back as the go-to-destination of designers and eccentrics seeking an authentic experience. Despite all of the changes to this exotic port city, it still manages to retain its authentic flavor without becoming too polished. Renowned Landscape Architect and long-time resident Madison Cox gives us his take on this mysterious and intriguing crossroad on the northern tip of Morocco.



To get the essence of Tangier,
Go to Place du Kasbah
which takes you back centuries.
But my favorite secret gem is
Fondouk Chejra where you
will find the textile weavers and
scores of beautifully handcrafted
blankets and scarves

- Madison Cox

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MAISON&OBJET INSPIRATIONS FOR THE FALL

The House of Games

Let’s be daring, transgressive. This Fall Vincent Grégoire for the Agence Nelly Rodi was inspired by the notion of game and fantasy in a new play-influenced creative approach.

Enter the game…

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Meet Eugeni Quitllet, Maison&Objet's Designer of the Year 2016

We meet on a Saturday morning, in front of one of these typical French cafés that smell of warm bread and pot-au-feu near the Musée Picasso. We take refuge inside in front of a “petit crème” before the lunchtime clatter begins. We were lucky to catch this top-notch personality of the design world, Eugeni Quitllet, elected Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison&Objet, in between flights.

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A Conversation with Sandra Nunnerley

Her book Sandra Nunnerley Interiors published by Powerhouse Books confirmed Sandra Nunnerley as a star in the firmament of interior design. Born in New Zealand, established in New York, and a natural globetrotter at heart, Nunnerley brought to the city her very own touch of style and glamour. She has that rare thing, an “eye”, which allows her to bring the best out of any space. With her purist vision of interior architecture, she installs harmonious backgrounds for antique pieces, mixing contemporary furniture and art effortlessly, creating a very distinctive style one could describe as classic with a twist. Here she talks to Esensual Living about her world.

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In the Atelier with Brodie Neill

While the idea of pairing the ‘digital’ with the ‘organic’ may seem incongruous, in the hands of East London-based designer Brodie Neill it represents the perfect marriage.

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In Bed With Jack Savoretti and Jemma Powell

For our latest ‘In Bed With’ Esensual Living hits The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, a private members club and boutique hotel boasting 15 retro-chic rooms designed by the renowned Russell Sage Studio. The Bond-evoking Seventies cool decor is a huge hit with today’s subjects, the Italian-English singer Jack Savoretti and actress Jemma Powell - together one of West London’s most beautiful couples - who are soon inspecting the room and its furnishing, browsing the book selection and opening and closing the stand-alone bar: “We should get one made!” 

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Florine Asch, Doyenne of the Bespoke Greeting Card

Whimsical Christmas scenes of yore come to life in French illustrator Florine Asch’s magical bespoke greeting cards, from Father Christmas pulling up to the Ritz in his curvaceous R-shaped sleigh, gifts spilling as he slams on the reindeer brakes, to a uniformed teddy bear perched atop a gift box beside a roaring log fire. 

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Barbara Hulanicki’s Miami

For anyone familiar with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco-perfumed aesthetic of Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the iconic ‘60s London clothing store Biba, it’s a no-brainer that she ended up living in Miami. Hulanicki, who has been based in the sun-drenched city for the past 25 years, lives in a tall Art Deco building stood one street back from the seafront in the South Beach neighbourhood, one of the city’s only building’s from the period boasting a pool.

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The New Craftsmen – Luxury Now

London’s position as one of the largest luxury markets in the world affords those of us who live and work within the industry an opportunity to watch it evolve, and to ask, as the V&A did with one of this year’s exhibitions: ‘What is luxury?’ 

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Hervé Van der Straeten on ‘Emergence’

Haute craftsmanship takes centre stage in ‘Emergence’, the latest exhibition by celebrated Paris-based designer Hervé Van der Straeten in his Marais gallery, a story of contrasts. On bold furniture creations the emergence of matter – mineral, vegetal and animal – lends a decorative, textured counterpoint to the cool, industrial sleekness of bronze and aluminium mirrors and lighting fixtures in origami folds and undulating, ribbon-like forms. 

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