In Marrakech, Studio Jouin Manku brings a touch of modernity to the interiors of the legendary La Mamounia hotel which bewitched Winston Churchill and which turns 100

La Mamounia in Marrakech turns 100 and, for the occasion, becomes the stage for a new, very bright entrance which culminates in the already iconic Centennial Chandelier, nicknamed 'The Jewel' of the Grande Dame.

The famous duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku are responsible for the project, which more widely involves the entire lobby space of the 5-star hotel in Marrakech from the Parisian studio  Jouin Manku who already in 2020 had dealt with a more important restyling intervention which involved the food&beverage wing, the cinema space and some of the suites of the iconic destination loved, among others, by Winston Churchill who in 1943 defined it: "The most enchanting place in the world".

The new hall of La Mamounia in Marrakech

In a skilful balance of imposition and prettiness (two characteristics that summarize the mood of the 5-star hotel known throughout the world for its undisputed iconicity and lightness typical of a place devoted to well-being)the new lobby of La Mamounia in Marrakech today welcomes the guest with a piece of contemporary Moroccan craftsmanship that pays homage to the local culture and artistic tradition: the new chandelier 'of the Centenary'.

Composed of two necklaces suspended in space and positioned in the center of the hall, perfectly integrated into the pyramidal ceiling, 'The Jewel' of La Mamounia is inspired by 'tamazight', traditional jewels Moroccans handed down from generation to generation: a preciousness that confirms the intention to emphasize the 'welcome' in one of the most aspired locations in the world.

Designed by the studio Jouin Manku, the chandelier incorporates two suspensions: the internal one, made in Moorish style, is made up of red trimming cords decorated with over five hundred pendants in silver and nickel silver, all handmade by local artisans using hammering, chasing and embossing techniques; the external one, designed by Jouin Manku and created in collaboration with Lasvit, is made up of sparkling glass necklaces. The different textures of the glass beads integrated into the structure are due to the different processing techniques such as grooving, sandblasting or total transparency.

The seductive brightness of the chandelier is amplified by a further restoration intervention: on the ground, under the chandelier, a basin with a hand-sandblasted glass surface reflects the light. Thanks to the mirror silk-screen printing with silver reflections which recalls the color of the chandelier pendants.

The Mamounia: why it is so famous

Having heard of 'La Mamounia' at least once in your life is not uncommon: it is one of the most sought-after and talked about destinations in history. Inaugurated in 1923 and designed by architects Léon Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio, over the last hundred years it has hosted numerous famous personalities such as - as mentioned - Sir Winston Churchill, who never never held back from praising the hotel and who returned every year to spend at least a month there, Charles De Gaulle, Yves Saint Laurent, Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman, among others.

The reason for the iconicity of this place dating back to the nineteenth century is to be discovered on site: the magical atmosphere, expertly maintained over the years and recently refreshed with a major restyling work dated 2020, is due to the sensation of immersion in a dimension where well-being, history and culture coexist. On the stylistic front, the mix between Art Deco and the typically local Moorish style contributes. Then of course there is also the point of view of hospitality, of which La Mamouinia is a real jewel, with the spa a true temple of well-being, crowning the dimension of a dream destination.

A brief mention of local Moroccan culture

La Mamounia was - and still is - a favorite place for receptions and banquets, moments of celebration dedicated to conviviality and well-being. A role destined to be this way from the beginning: the structure was born on land donated by King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in the 18th century to one of his married sons. In fact, it was his custom to give his children who were about to get married a house with a garden outside the Kasbah: places that took on the names of Abdessalam, Mamoun, Moussa and Hassan. In the case of arsat Al Mamoun the land was transformed into the famous structure, now part of the Leading Hotels of the World circuit, La Mamounia.