The mere name Tangier has long been sufficient to call up exotic fantasies of saturated color and sybaritic living. The white-walled city "perched between Africa and Europe" has "long been a haven for literary and artistic black sheep from around the world, seducing generations of writers, artists, designers and eccentrics," as an attractive new book about the Moroccan port puts it.
Thanks in part to the likes of William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Yves Saint Laurent, Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones, who all lived in or made extended visits to Tangier over the years, the colorful city acquired a reputation for both beauty and decadence that proved irresistible to scores of other creative nonconformists.
Now, "a new generation of Tangier residents are synthesizing the colors, patterns and material culture of their adopted home to create an aesthetic all of their own," as the must-have book, Inside Tangier: Houses and Gardens notes.
Interior designer Nicolò Castellini Baldissera collaborated with photographer Guido Taroni on the voluptuous volume, published this week by Vendome Press and available to order on Amazon. It features over 250 full-color photos of some truly enticing interiors, pools, rooftops and gardens.
The "stories of these exceptional properties, and their unconventional inhabitants, provide a rare insight into the sometimes bohemian, sometimes extravagant, but always stylish" lifestyle of Tangiers, the real-life inspiration for the iconic movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Better than any visit to the city only to find all these treasures hidden away behind locked doors, Inside Tangier is an open invitation into some truly remarkable and inspiring spaces.