France – The historic French hotel Moulin des Ribes has commissioned local designers to update five of its rooms, drawing inspiration from the traditions of surrounding regions.
Artists and studios including Joachim Jirou-Najou, Studio Quetzal and Zanellato / Bortotto took part in the 5Rooms project, each demonstrating a different approach to creativity using traditional materials and techniques.
‘For this project, we delved into the nostalgic overtones of the Provence region’, explains Louise Naegelen, co-designer at Studio Quetzal. ‘Inspiration came from our memories of scents, light and weathered materials.’ The artists transformed their room with terracotta brick from Salernes, a town in the nearby Var region. Elsewhere, Zanellato / Bortotto decorated the walls with bright ceramics. ‘The traditional gathering of flowers in the hills of Grasse, with its warm palette of colours, give rise to the glazed, diamond-shape tiles covering portions of the floors and walls,’ explain the studio’s founders Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto.