phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech

homage to pierre bergé’s collaboration with studio KO

 

phaidon presents ‘yves saint laurent museum marrakech’, a new book that tells the story behind the landmark museum in marrakech dedicated to the legendary french fashion designer’s creative work (see previous coverage here). the book highlights the unique collaboration between saint laurent’s partner, pierre bergé, and studio KO, the renowned paris and marrakech-based architecture firm responsible for the museum’s design. taking readers behind the scenes and on a creative journey at the intersection of architecture, design, and fashion, ‘yves saint laurent museum marrakech’ chronicles the 1,423 days during which the museum was designed, built, and opened in 2017.

 

the book contains a heartfelt foreword by madison cox, garden designer and spouse of bergé. cox is president of the fondation pierre bergé – yves saint laurent and president of the fondation jardin majorelle, which commissioned the yves saint laurent museum marrakech. ‘a warm tribute to morocco…this elegant book traces the incredible artistic process that enabled a rough, candid sketch to metamorphose like a chrysalis into a bountiful and beautiful building,’ cox writes. the book also features insights from fashion icons and members of saint laurent’s inner circle, including betty catroux and catherine deneuve.phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech

all images courtesy of phaidon

 

 

book traces the story of YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM MARRAKECH

 

yves saint laurent – the last of the grand couturiers – famously found inspiration and refuge in marrakech, morocco’s ‘pink city,’ where he and pierre bergé owned a six-acre compound including a residence, villa oasis, and accompanying majorelle garden. ‘marrakech taught me color,’ saint laurent once said. ‘before marrakech, everything was black.’ saint laurent’s deep love of the city led bergé to embark on the creation of the yves saint laurent museum marrakech. the project marked bergé’s final creative endeavour before his passing in 2017, one month prior to the museum’s opening.

 

conceived as a candid diary, phaidon’s ‘yves saint laurent museum marrakech’ traces the entire creative process behind the project, from its conception to its opening. the book begins with bergé commissioning studio KO, with whom he worked hand in hand over the subsequent four years to develop a contemporary landmark destination for architecture and fashion fans worldwide. bergé, to whom the book is dedicated, was involved in every step — from the building’s location, steps from the jardin majorelle, to the chairs placed in the auditorium, which were later named in his honor.

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
main east facade and entrance on rue yves saint laurent. image © dan glasser (pages 244-245)

 

 

the book delves into the creative process of studio KO, whose work focuses on the use of local materials, techniques and craft makers. ‘the building we had in mind was grounded: humble yet proud,’ writes the studio’s co-founder, karl fournier. it goes into details such as selecting the right brick, the colors for the stained glass and perfecting the acoustics. thoughtfully designed, the book features black-and-white as well as color illustrations, including architectural sketches, plans, photographs of pierre bergé, and images of YSL’s couture creations, presented together for the first time.

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
stained-glass windows illuminated from inside, seen from the entrance courtyard at night. image : © dan glasser (pages 258-259)

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
museum exit, with a collection of succulents imagined by landscape designer madison cox. image: © dan glasser (pages 200-201)

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framing the sky from the circular courtyard. image: © dan glasser (pages 246-247)

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
model of the museum in verona red marble by miza mucciarelli / atelier misto for studio KO. image by marta pirlo. (pages 30-31)

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
from left: rossano ruffini presenting the prototype of the auditorium seat to findlay ross, pierre bergé and karl fournier, at the poltrona frau workshops, tolentino, italy. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 164-165)

phaidon book chronicles the making of studio KO's yves saint laurent museum in marrakech
pages from olivier marty’s sketchbook. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 26-27)

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yves saint laurent’s worktable in his studio, paris. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 14-15)

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side view of the auditorium from one of the two balconies. image © dan glasser (page 250)
side view of the auditorium from one of the two balconies. image © dan glasser (page 250)
view of the square courtyard through the picture windows of the great hall. image © dan glasser (page 248)
view of the square courtyard through the picture windows of the great hall. image © dan glasser (page 248)
zellij wall at the alhambra fortress, granada. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (page 105)
zellij wall at the alhambra fortress, granada. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (page 105)
logo variations - the museum’s logo by philippe apeloig was inspired by local mosaic tilework. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 112-113)
logo variations - the museum’s logo by philippe apeloig was inspired by local mosaic tilework. image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 112-113)
compactus cabinets in the storerooms, where the precious designs from yves saint laurent’s collections are kept. image © dan glasser (pages 176-177)
compactus cabinets in the storerooms, where the precious designs from yves saint laurent’s collections are kept. image © dan glasser (pages 176-177)
fashion designs exhibited in the yves saint laurent permanent exhibition hall, in a display designed by christophe martin. image © dan glasser (pages 210-211)
fashion designs exhibited in the yves saint laurent permanent exhibition hall, in a display designed by christophe martin. image © dan glasser (pages 210-211)
clockwise from left: karl fournier, olivier marty, björn dahlström, pierre bergé and madison cox, under the arbour at mas théo (pierre bergé’s home, saint-rémyde-provence). image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 120-121)
clockwise from left: karl fournier, olivier marty, björn dahlström, pierre bergé and madison cox, under the arbour at mas théo (pierre bergé’s home, saint-rémyde-provence). image courtesy and copyright © studio KO (pages 120-121)
yves saint laurent museum marrakech, studio KO, with texts by catherine sabbah, phaidon
yves saint laurent museum marrakech, studio KO, with texts by catherine sabbah, phaidon

project info:

 

title: yves saint laurent museum marrakech

text: catherine sabbah, foreword by madison cox
publication date: january 13, 2022

binding: hardback

extent: 272 pages

illustrations: 185 illus.

size: 250mm x 176mm
ISBN: 978 1 83866 388 9

pre-order: phaidon

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