Meryanne Loum-Martin: the essence of Marrakech design part 1

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Sat, 11/30/2013 - 18:28 -- Jnane Tamsna

We are proud to announce that Meryanne’s boutique is coming back, opening with a flourish on the 15th of December!  This new edition resonates with the inspired creativity that Meryanne has brought to Marrakech over the last 28 years.  She first came to Morocco in 1985 to design a house for her mother in the Marrakech Palmeraie, the chic oasis neighborhood outside the walls of the historic Medina.  This architectural delight was met with such intense media coverage in international design magazines that the Parisian lawyer gave in to temptation, switched careers and threw herself heart and soul into her lifelong passion for design and architecture. This set her on a path to become a pioneer in establishing exclusive luxury villas, restoring riads and creating boutique hotels in Marrakech, merging exceptional private accommodation with cultural and culinary experiences.

In 1989, she created Dar Tamsna, comprised of two luxury villas in the Palmeraie. Many A-list celebrities like Brad Pitt, Giorgio Armani, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Mick Jagger and David Bowie chose to spend time at the calming, effortlessly elegant villas. Ten years later, she opened Ryad Tamsna, a pioneering art gallery-boutique-bookstore-restaurant in the Marrakech Medina. The American press called it “the essence of chic in Marrakech”. Meryanne’s talent for tempering the ethnic aspect of traditional designs to have wider appeal made Ryad Tamsna the envy of the Medina. From there she and her ethno-botanist husband Gary Martin went on to launch Jnane Tamsna in 2001, a boutique guest house of 24 bedrooms on a beautiful nine acre estate in the heart of the palmeraie.

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