Shangri La and Moorish Inspirations of Bill Willis
This month’s issue of Architectural Digest announced the September 7 opening of “Doris Duke’s Shangri La” traveling exhibition at the Manhattan Museum of Arts and Design.
Shangri La interiors are a hybrid of Islamic tradition and 20th Century modernism. In 18th and 19th Century Syrian homes, internal spaces were privileged rather than exterior facades. The homes often featured rooms where were arranged around an interior courtyard (just like Shangri La). Room interiors were treated with a great deal of attention. This historic interior was purchased in Lebanon in 1954.
The Damascus Room
Bill Willis Interior Design for Yves Saint Laurent
Architect and Decorator Bill Willis spent four decades redefining high-end Islamic architecture and Eastern design elements. I love everything about Orientalist design. All the craftsmanship, color, shapes and textures. The room itself is a work of art with beautiful designs on the walls, ceiling and floor.
Love the Lantern and inlaid furniture.
Terrific lanterns around the pool.
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