IN MARRAKECH, ONE DESIGNER'S ADOBE HOUSE IS AS COLOURFUL AS HER CERAMICS
The Belgian transplant Laurence Leenaert makes her home just like she makes her crafts: by instinct
Most days, the 28-year-old Belgian designer Laurence Leenaert can be found in her sunny studio in Sidi Ghanem, an industrial area of northwest Marrakech where many of the city's artisans produce their painted ceramics or leather goods. It is here that Leenaert, with the help of several assistants, creates her own versions of these products for her line, Lrnce, which also includes textiles, mirrors and clothing - all in her distinctive patterns and colors that reference Picasso's ceramics, Miró's line drawings and Moroccan tribal patterns.
Her pitchers and vessels - creamy white except for the vibrant shapes, wobbly lines and asymmetrical faces painted onto them - were featured at the Conran Shop during London Craft Week in May and are also found at Le Bon Marché in Paris, Mociun in Brooklyn and at her studio showroom.