Guess the Decade: Lofted Sitting Room - The Answer

Guess the Decade: Lofted Sitting Room - The Answer

Dabney Frake
May 21, 2013

This one, in my opinion, was a bit of a stumper, but a good number of you got it right anyway...

Click here to guess first - then jump below for the answer!  

Answer: It's from the 1980s. The majority of you said the 1940s, and the 1970s was a close second. Congratulations to the 27 of you that guessed correctly! 

The photo is from Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé's residence in Morocco, which they named Villa Oasis. The house - where Saint Laurent designed many of his collections - shows a range of styles, including Moroccan, Parisian and Art Deco.

They purchased Villa Oasis in Marrakech in 1980 and asked designers Bill Willis and Jacques Grange to renovate it. Willis was a American expat living in Morocco, well-known in some circles for his ability to take Islamic design and tweak it to mesh with Western tastes. He designed spaces for a handful of wealthy patrons, creating over-the-top splendor, with brightly colored tiles and textiles. In the process he used traditional Moroccan artisans and techniques — including tadelakt plaster and zellige tiles— many of which are still in vogue today.

(Images: Wall Street Journal Magazine, via The Art of the Room)

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