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october 2007
Design Through a Looking Glass—Riad Meriem

When you step inside the Riad Meriem, it is like going through the looking glass. A designer and photographer, Thomas Hays' restless creativity has led him to embark upon a third career — as a hotelier with Riad Meriem in Marrakech. The design concept can be characterized as a fusion of Arab and Oriental sensibilities. Hays used local and internationally sourced materials, coupled with a colour palate derived from the natural pigments of the Arab landscape, lush gardens and cool running water combine to create a tranquil and intoxicating oasis that engages all senses. As a result, Riad Meriem embodies the very essence of Morocco.