Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The tables of Riad Arabe

Since Per used to work for the interior design group Fiskars (with brands like Fiskars, Iittala, Rörstrand, Arabia, Royal Copenhagen and many more) we love to mix these Scandinavian brands with the traditional arabic designs into our table settings here at the riad. We have also noticed that some of the photos that get the most "likes" on Instagram or Facebook are the ones of table settings so here we go, a blog post dedicated to table settings!

Marrakech is of course a great source of inspiration for interior design and decorations of any kind. The city inspires you to go that extra mile for decorating your home and table and the souks and shops provide magical solutions to any desire you may have (when it comes to design). If you don't find what you are looking for you can always have it custom made in no time and at a reasonable cost.

On average we eat lunch or dinner at home every second day and even if it's just the two of us we (and our housekeeper Rachida) make an effort to set a nice table mixing different styles. The ones shown below are different versions of our everyday tables, if there is a party or big dinner we might be even more extravagant.

Bon Apetit!

High end porcelain from Fes, glasses and votives by Iittala, cuttlery by Gant Home, beautiful hand dyed indigo blue napkin and table cloth from M Montague Souk, napkin ring by Skulltuna.

Classical everyday porcelain from Fes, cuttlery and glasses from Zara Home, Napula brass candle holder by Iittala, textiles by Linneverket.

Porcelain from Fes, cuttlery by Gant Home, glasses by Iittala, textiles by Zara Home, local Moroccan pottery.

Traditionally styled graphic porcelain from Fes, cuttlery by Gant Home, mouth blown glasses by Beldi, hand embroided napkin by Berber women.

Glass plate, bowls and votives all Kastehelmi collection by Iittala, glasses also by Iittala.

Espresso served in style, styled by Louis Vuitton

Beautiful mosaic patterns on the tables of our riad (photo credit Julia Riis).

Green table setting all in glass, Kastehelmi collection by Iittala.

Breakfast is served! Moroccan pottery and porcelain, cuttlery by Gant Home, Lempi glass by Iittala.

Cocktail o'clock, a gin-rosewater-martini (as served on Peacock Pavilions).


Lovley desserts, Peacock Pavilion style.

A glass of wine before dinner. Wine glasses by Iittala and small mouth blown glasses by Beldi, tray in ceder wood by local artist.

Our tent lounge on the roof terrace is the perfect setting for a drink or a more easy going meal. We just pimped it up with unique art cushions by Sissi Morocco and silver tray tables.

A working three course lunch is being served on white basic Moroccan porcelain and glasses by Beldi.

If you want to create your own table, or entire interiors, inspired by Morocco and Northern Africa we suggest you visit the amazing webshop of our talented friend Maryam Montague, 

Stay Stylish - and make sure your table does too!