Paris has been invaded by a Gesamtkunstwerk! (Bless you?) That is, it’s been enhanced by an all-encompassing, experiential exhibition by industrial designer Matali Crasset at the Pompidou Center. With Le Blobterre de Matali, Crasset has created a multi-sensory fantasy garden in which kids (and their young-at-heart parents) can frolic.
French design star Matali Crasset has finished her first architectural project, a splashy, experimental lodge set down in the heart of the Tunisian desert.
Recall, for a moment, that when we first learned of Dar HI, we worried that the place would resemble some sort of rich person's Jonestown. We're happy to report that we were completely, totally wrong. (Looks-wise, in any case. As for how the place is used, the website claims that a trip to Dar HI "is all about initiation, discover[y]." Interpret that as you will.)
Smack dab in the middle of the north African desert, a quirky "eco-retreat" is rising from the queen of quirk herself, French product designer Matali Crasset.
The Dar HI lodge in the tiny village of Nafta, Tunisia, is a sort of spa-cum-walled city -- a compound with 17 units, ranging from brick caverns to dune-like rooms designed, per the breathy press release, to resemble "open spaces that the wind would have sculpted."