Preview: Inside the “Jewel of the Desert” Marrakesh Designer Showcase


Marrakesh Rendering

Don’t miss the Marrakesh Designer Showcase, the Coachella Valley’s first  interior design showcase.  Once dubbed the “Jewel of the Nile,” the Marrakesh Country Club will be opening up its grounds to the public to give us all a glimpse of the glamor and glitz of yore.  A veritable who’s who of designers have been tasked with creating five gorgeously appointed homes in the Hollywood Regency style of the architect, John Elgin Woolf.  No photos are available just yet so you’ll have to come and see for yourself just what exactly lies behind those pink walls.

Marrakesh door

Guests can either sign up for a tour, or a tour and luncheon package, which includes a meal in the modernist Clubhouse, designed by renowned midcentury architect Ric Harrison, of Wexler Harrison fame.  (Wexler Harrison designed such midcentury landmarks as the Palm Springs Airport, Royal Hawaiian Estates, and many other commercial, institutional, and public buildings that have become emblematic of Palm Springs modernism.)

What makes the Marrakesh development so interesting is the seamless marriage of Woolf’s Hollywood Regency  style with Harrison’s own brand of midcentury Moroccan-inspired architecture.  The result is a distinctly Palm Springs interpretation of Marrakesh moderne.  It’s no wonder that such a litany of famous actors and stars once graced this storied place.

Discover its charm all over again during the Marrakesh Designer Showcase, which features designers Carly Blalock, Jacques Boujaklian, Penny Chin, Linda M. Gardner, AtmaWisemanSean GastonFaye Jones, Christine Prescott, Eve Remer, and Morraika Simonds.

Tickets for tours ($35) and tours + lunch ($55) can be purchased here.  Also, don’t miss the opening night preview and party on February 14th, “Celebrating the Mystique of Marrakesh.”  Tickets for the preview and party are still available here.

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