|A Pebble Mosaic Carpet I built in a garden in Los Angeles
I am in Morocco again for the second of what may be a continuing series of trips to discover and revisit all that is wonderful about this country. For over 20 years I have been inspired by it's art, and this has been reflected in my work and my home for at least as long as that. Several years ago I purchased the Taschen Press book 'Moroccan Interiors', and poured over the pages absorbing the rich colors and patterns that have been a part of North African history for over 1,000 years. I painted rooms in my house to capture the ambience I saw in Yve Saint Laurent's house at the Villa Oasis and the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, which is featured in the book.
|A Mint Green room in my homeinspired by the Villa Oasis with a Moroccan silk velvet tent door
|Moroccan Zellij behind he kitchen counter in my home
|Tesselate Star Pebble Mosaic
I was also commissioned to build a fountain covering a concrete block form that was not of my design. I was not particularly happy with the shape that I had to work with but I made the most of it. Water flows in a sheet from a copper ledge over a 'Tree of Life' mosaic that is fashioned after a Liquidambar Sweet Gum tree adjacent to the fountain. The tree mosaic is framed with a band of eight pointed stars and connecting bands, similar to the carpet mosaic. The fountain is surrounded in white glazed brick to cover the sides of the concrete block form and pool, matching the white brick walls on the first story of the house.
|Tree of Life Fountain
|A elegant fire pit for roasting Marshmallows
|Tea House steps and pebble mosaic landing
|Looking down in to the Sunken Garden
|The underground garage concrete pour
|Laying out the pattern for slate terrace
|The completed Tango Terrace
|Steel Medallion hanging on the rusted steel fence in my garden
I was first inspired to float flowers in water filled bowls in my garden by an article I saw many years ago about the Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh. There they had strewn rose petals in the fountains, an idea I find quite beautiful, ritualistic, and romantic.
|Rose petals in a fountain at Dar Donab in Marrakesh
Dahlias are my favorite flower to float in water as they look like fabulous water lilies, and last for days if the raccoons don't come along at night and shred them to bits, which they love to do.
|Dahlias and chrome balls floating in a carved stone bowl in my garden
The reason I am so fascinated and inspired by Moroccan design and that I have incorporated so much of the influence in my own work is that I find the artistic expression found in that country to be some of the most beautiful and profoundly meaningful I have ever encountered. I am forever grateful to have the luxury of exploring this magical land and to see first hand the treasures that it has bestowed upon humanity.