‘A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me colour.’ Yves Saint Laurent

The brilliance of the Moroccan sun, in conjunction with the range of the play of shadow — from stark to spectral — dramatically effects the way we read colour and mass. Fabricated from the same material, the intersecting planes of a building become vehicles for endless tonal shift, while the sculptural form of a leaf is constantly redrawn by light. In this environment, the eye looks at the literal lines of colour and pattern woven into carpets spread across the ground and sees only continuity and convergence.


John Pawson