Private residence, Texas, United States, Madison Cox
Marfa, Texas. A true design hotbed in the United States, it is the Eldorado of popular artists. Marfa is an open-air museum, a western-style village planted in the middle of the Chihuahua desert. For the past 30 years, from Donald Judd to Larry Clark, they all have been here.
What's special about Marfa? A crossroads of legends, the nostalgic for James Dean, who filmed “Giant” at Hotel Paisano in 1955, meet the fans of Donald Judd, an artist of the minimal current. The set for the film There Will be Blood, Marfa Girls and No Country for Old Men wear several hype hats. A monument of contemporary art since the 1970s, Marfa, also known as Judd City, is home to an artists' residence, a contemporary art center called Ballroom Marfa, trendy resorts and a Montessori school. Located west of the Pecos, three hours from El Paso, Marfa is worth a visit. A small town of 1,700 inhabitants, it is the favorite retreat for the trendy. The Chinati Foundation, the city's flagship attraction, promotes the works and principles of its founder, artist Donald Judd, who fled New York in the 1970s and settled here. This is where the Prada Marfa facility is located, half an hour west of the city. Another reason for the city's popularity? Marfa lights. Those who are passionate about paranormal phenomena are stationed on Route 67, waiting for the appearance of luminous points on the horizon, the reason for which has remained obscure since they were first observed in 1883. Aït Manos participated in the development of a unique project in this design hotbed, just a few miles from the Mexican border. Mixing all the specificities of Moroccan aesthetics in a Mexican casita. Signed by Madison Cox, the residence of Trey Laird and his wife, at the head of the branding and fashion advertising agency Laird + Partners, showcases a Marrakech style art of living in a surrealist setting. In the middle of this desert, in this city at the gateway to Mexico, in this fascination for contemporary art, their house brilliantly combines paradoxes. Fascinated by zellige, the exclusively Moroccan decorative art in which Aït Manos excels, the fashionable New York couple imagined a house with mosaic cladding. Zellige pool, zellige floor, zellige bathrooms, living rooms, kitchen, fountain... All the surfaces are adorned with baked clay tiles for a fiercely modern décor, with a gypset look. Playing with geometry, minimalism, colors, and all the boldness of zellige, Aït Manos recreated here a Moroccan hedonism between the sunny walls of Marfa.