Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest names in fashion, was known for his sophisticated and beautiful clothing. But he brought style into every aspect of his life – including the places where he lived. I stumbled across these images of his home in Morocco, a 92,000 square foot villa which sits on a cliff overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.
Designed by the master of French interiors, Jacques Grange, the villa offers a blend of African and European influences. Laurent considered Morocco his home away from home, and often included Moroccan flourishes in his clothing collections. Now, here’s a lesson on how to live in style!
Here at Design Lines, all of us are involved in the creative process every day. From sketching by hand to setting-up material boards, we are always working hard to envision how our projects will come together. A big part of our job is being able to understand how something will look before it actually materializes. But this ability isn’t unique to interior design. I thought it would be interesting to see how people in other professions follow their own unique strategies to design anything from clothing to skyscrapers.
Here’s a board created by the great fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, in which he has selected fabrics for each dress in a collection. It doesn’t look all that different from some of the fabric and material board we set up at Design Lines.
This drawing is a concept for a patterned fabric by Alvin Lustig (1940s).
Here’s a drawing by Evan Hesse showing the a famous sculpture she would make called Repetition Nineteen. In the sketch, the sculpture could be made of almost anything, and in any scale. After a few iterations, the final product was completed out of translucent fiberglass.
Here’s a fashion sketch by Dallas Shaw, showing the basic elements of an ensemble. Again, it’s just a concept, and the possibilities are almost endless.
And here’s a beautiful collage by Mies Van Der Rohe to envision an interior space in a tall building, along with the view of the landscape beyond. I love how it is so simple that it can be interpreted in a number of different materials. This indistinct approach is actually very helpful – allowing the designer to see what is there, but also what could be. Can you envision the completed project?
image 1: The Lux Chronicles, image 2: Birds of Oh, image 3: Moma, image 4: Dallas Shaw, image 5: Posterious