Part of what helps us innovate in our designs is our wanderlust. We love to explore new places, delve into small alleys and speak to locals wherever we go. We want to understand, live and feel the cultures we come in touch with. In April we ventured to Barcelona and Morocco. Below, a collection of our images which make us reminisce the herbal incense of the sienna coloured alleyways under the fervent sun, and the bustling sounds of the Souks of Morocco. Venture along with us and fall in love with our moments there.
Morocco’s capital, otherwise known as pink city, is overwhelming and incredibly mysterious at the same time. The bustling streets splashed in pink and orange shades are filled with interior treasures. From Atlas berber carpets to sisal baskets and green ceramics, you can find pretty much everything in here. We definitely enjoyed the square close to Café Des Épices and Nomad (restaurant). Our favorite restaurant for dinner is Le Jardin, where you crawl through a small door and enter a spacious green tiled environment. Take seat at a table in the patio garden inside and try their delicious tajines. Aside from enjoying the shopping and food in this city, the narrow magical pink streets are perfect to explore and get lost romantically.
Hidden in the majestic countryside of Oumnass, just 30 minutes away from the bustling city of Marrakech you will find Berber Lodge. A kasbah consisting of nine rooms that breathe serenity and cosiness. Owned and designed by French-Swiss architect Romain Michel-Meniere, inspired by his passion for traditional berber architecture. The building is built of clay, has ceilings of palm and eucalyptus wood. The whole complex, including the large swimming pool, is surrounded by lush ornamental grasses and olive trees. The interior design is a combination of traditional and antique Moroccan furniture and accessories with vintage designer classics.
Each detail is perfect, which makes it a perfect fit for shooting our Sooka x bambusa collection. We couldn’t have wished for a better setting. You can find this tranquil place at:
Located just 45 minutes away from the lively souks of Marrakech, hidden in the majestic Agafay stone desert you will find Scarabeo Camp. Scarabeo‘s untouched landscape and spectacular view to the white Atlas Mountains makes it an intimate and conscious experience. It’s spacious and comfortable tents are carefully decorated with unique pieces sourced from all over the world. The use of natural and local materials give you a real campout feeling. It’s a place to unwind, revitalise and absorb all that is #sustainableluxury – a term that is true to our hearts.
A riad with a secret garden in the middle. The description online is exactly how we found it in the middle of the bustling Marrakech medina. Built by a wealthy Moroccan family in the 17th century and renovated by Belgian architect Quentin Wilbaux. The backdrop of the riad consists of cool white and grey colours paired with red and ochre furnishing and carpets. We found this the perfect setting for our shell necklaces. Also not to miss – each room has its own private terrace finished in burnt-orange tones, where you can enjoy a Moroccan mint tea in the balmy afternoon sun.
A typical fisherman’s town on the west coast of Morocco. From the beautiful coastline to the sparkling medina with many handicraft shops; Essaouira is a place we found inspiring in just so many ways. The Essaouira souk is filled with natural fibers and materials. You could say it is the perfect place to go vintage carpet hunting, get your hands on traditional Moroccan tajines and find luxurious textiles such as cotton and woolen bed linen. Enjoy a sweet coffee at the little crossing in the middle of the souk at Le Glacier. For sunset we recommend going up the old city wall for a perfect view over the ocean, a perfect moment to end your busy day.
In the middle of the relaxed medina of Essaouira you will find a riad with African influences: Riad Baladin. Upon arrival we received a warm welcome from the French manager.
The African home decor scattered around the spaces, combined with traditional Moroccan pottery, was a sight for sore eyes. With a backdrop of white and grey tones, the riad breathes a feeling of coastal calm and serenity. This, in combination with their conscious decision to only use earthy materials such as wood, cotton and clay gives the riad a natural feel. The natural feeling continues in the private rooms, where the bathroom was built phenomenally.
Mornings are spent on the rooftop, where they serve a delicious breakfast with fresh fruits from the region. Nothing more we could wish for!
When deciding on where to shoot our Sooka x bambusa collection, we agreed that the aesthetics and energy of Morocco go hand in hand with the natural look and feel of our bamboo designer lamps. With this in mind, we set out to scavenge the most luxurious, superfluous and exotic locations. Spotted in the balmy spaces at the Riad Berbere and Berber Lodge – our showstopping bamboo lamps. Curious to see the results? Head on over to our Sooka x bambusa page.