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March 2019

The Île aux Oiseaux Suite by Rabih Kayrouz

Sandra Serpero

After Maison Martin Margiela, Maxime Simoens and Delphine Manivet, it is now up to the couturier Rabih Kayrouz to dress up the Iconique Suite of the 5-star hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux.
It is above all the story of a meeting, between Alice Tourbier, owner of the Sources de Caudalie and Rabih Kayrouz, Lebanese talented designer. By connecting their universes and their cultures, they were able to sublimate the decoration of this unique, floating space: “When I met Rabih, I thought that his travel inspirations would perfectly adapt to our state of mind. Rabih is like me, he loves to receive and share”, confides Alice Tourbier. Bathed in white, the ultra-bright Ile aux Oiseaux Suite, imprinted in serenity, is characterized by the absence of walls, an aesthetic choice of the creator who envisioned it as a space to live in with no obstacles to disturb the vision of our surroundings: “I hoped that people would want to spend time in this bedroom, not only to sleep but also like they would in a real living space, to eat, read, and to relax and truly appreciate the luxury of doing nothing. From the bed, they can now see everything, through all of the windows that are accessible to the eye without the need to move”, explains Rabih Kayrouz. On the furniture side, the Suite is adorned with a few touches of warm wood antique objects: a spacious wardrobe dating back to 1960 signed Guillerme and Chambron and Hans Wegner chairs. The room also includes handmade objects signed by their creator and friend of Rabih Kayrouz, Lina Audi for Liwan, with mushroom tables and tinned-copper column tables. The high point: the large bed placed in the center and fitted into a platform that extends into a sofa. A place of true resourcing, the bathroom has a bird’s eye view of the entire bedroom and overlooks the rest of the Suite. It is framed with Holophane lamps that reflect off Nadim Asfar’s photography of the Lebanese mountain, placed above the bathtub. The whole draws a relaxing setting that one would not want to leave. Highly revitalizing.
Les Sources de Caudalie, Chemin de Smith Haut Lafitte, 33 650 Bordeaux. www.sources-caudalie.com

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