L'ile Aux Oiseaux - Design Bureau

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

L’ile Aux Oiseaux

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Belgian designer Martin Margiela has made a name for himself by remaining as far out of the spotlight as possible. The mysterious designer recently left his namesake Maison Martin Margiela — unsurprisingly without fanfare — in December of 2009. Supposedly, one of his last projects as creative director was to design a luxurious suite for Les Sources de Caudalie spa in Bordeaux, France.

The room, named Ile aux Oiseaux (Bird Island), is predominantly white with grey accents and splashes of bright red. A headboard made of pillows climbs toward the ceiling and mirrored surfaces give the room depth. On the walls, the rough texture of hastily applied wallpaper undercuts the staid, pure feel of the room, and projects MMM's signature devil-may-care attitude.

If you had the choice of vacationing in a luxurious suite surrounded by nature, would you opt for something more classic — warm hues, natural wood finishes, etc.? The interior design is potentially at odds with the exterior (though the rough bathroom mirrors, basin tub and speckled tiles are appropriately rustic), which appears to be a quaint, waterfront cabin. How important is design continuity, and does this suite achieve it?

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