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British designer Jasper Conran to purchase Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s Tangier

03 Mar 2019

The foundation Jardin Majorelle, created in 2001 to «safeguard the ecological, historical and cultural heritage represented by the Jardin Majorelle», will be selling Villa Mabrouka, a house located in Tangier and owned by French designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, reports Women's Wear Daily (DDW).

The villa, nicknamed «the House of Luck» will be sold to British designer Jasper Conran, known for his womenswear collections.

The proceeds of the sale will be granted to the Foundation Jardin Majorelle, which announced the sale Thursday, February the 28th.

«A resident of Marrakech, the acclaimed British designer Mr. Conran will undoubtedly continue the rich heritage of the property and contribute to the vibrant and cosmopolitan revival of Tangier currently underway», president of the Foundation Jardin Majorelle Madison Cox said.

The Tangier’s villa was bought by Saint Laurent and Bergé in the 90s. It was restored and decorated by French interior designer Jacques Grange.

According to the designer, the villa has a 50s theme. «Yves wanted chintz and one color per room : a blue room, a yellow and so on. It was like decorating a house for characters out of a play by Tennessee Williams», said Grange.

Villa Mabrouka has a garden that was designed by Bergé and planted with pals, lemon trees, roses, bougainvillea and hydrangea hedges, the same source said.

For the record, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the famous people who visited Morocco and bought several properties in it. Saint Laurent decided to purchase his first Morocco house in Marrakech after a short visit in 1966. Accompanied by Pierre Bergé, his companion, the designer fell in love with the former imperial city.

After buying a house in Marrakech, the couple returned regularly to their Morocco mansion bringing their famous friends such as Andy Warhol, Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux.

Their most famous property is Jardin Majorelle, a garden that wascreated by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years. The garden which was turned into a museum, features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s and series of exotic plants.


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