World travelers, collectors and discerning shopkeepers, Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani, the duo behind the chic NYC design destination Creel and Gow, were instantly impressed with Tangier, the magical North African port city that has seduced generations of writers, artists and designers. After years of visiting a friend and world famous interior designer Charles Sevigny at his historic Moroccan house, Dar Zero, they bought the house with the unique arrangement that Charles kept throughout his life – he died last year at the age of 101. Please join me and Susanna for a special visit with Jamie and Marco to their stylish tangerine home.
At one of the highest points of the Kasbah, the historic center of Tangier, Dar Zero occupies a unique place in the history of the city. Next to the 16th-century York Castle, it was owned and renovated in the 1960s by Charles and his partner Yves Vidal, creative director of Knoll International.
The original structure, including the charming courtyard above with its old fig tree and much of the furniture, has been preserved, as have the red lattice chairs from Charles’ design below. The second shot shows her around a Knoll Saarinen table in the breakfast area.
Over the years, Jamie and Marco have made sensitive renovations and additions that reflect Charles’ low-key sophistication and homage to Moroccan craftsmanship and style. The recently expanded roof looks back on both the house and the rooftops
and across the Strait of Gibaltrar, emphasizing Tangier’s waterfront appeal with access to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
Marco built a house next door and created the cozy new room on the ground floor, in which Moroccan finds and textiles were mainly integrated by his friend Lisa Fine.
Finally, a garden room was added that is open to the roof to entertain outdoors on the often windy evenings.
Marco worked with local artisans to create a seamless transition between old and new. You can also see more of Dar Zero in Nicolo Castellini Baldissera’s wonderful volume Inside Tangier.
All photos above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
Much of Dar Zero reflects the aesthetic sensibility found in the duo’s Creel and Gow New York store, which we are proud to have as our video sponsor.
On a beautiful green block in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this boutique jewelry box celebrates the power of nature in decorative arts. Like a cabinet of curiosities, Jamie and Marco love to travel the world looking for unique finds for their loyal fans.
Made from rare minerals
to corals, taxidermy (sourced responsibly), unusual decorative decorative items
Jewelry, art, decor and much more, always presented in the most beautiful shop windows by Marco, who works as creative director.
Whether you are looking for the unusual, exquisite, and exotic for yourself or for someone special, a trip to Creel and Gow, in person or online, will satisfy your needs in style!
Photos of the shop courtesy of Creel and Gow
Thank you Jamie and Marco for welcoming Susanna and me to your beautiful and inspiring home. We love how you honor and expand the legacy of Dar Zero !!