the danish fashion designer turned decorator marie-anne
oudejans is the woman behind the design of arguably
one of the most instagrammable interiors in the world, the
restaurant bar palladio in jaipur – a
gorgeous confection of a space that is two parts mughal
exhuberance, one part danish cool, with a dash of wes anderson
whimsy. here she paints a picture
of her life, work and inspirations.
- “one of my favourite rooms is the orange salon at the beautiful
la posta vecchia hotel outside rome. it has an
amazing atmosphere created just by using this deep colour on the
walls and curtains.”
- i am so inspired by the seventeenth-century french landscape
architect andré le nôtre – the way he used
perspective in gardens like versailles and especially his
- the best piece of advice i have ever received was from
diane von fürstenberg, who told me, ‘fear is not
- it’s always hard to resist a trip to the patisserie
ladurée when the pastel macarons call to me.
- it’s easy to get lost in film. a favourite of mine is
l’avventura by michelangelo antonioni. the actors,
the mise-en-scène, it’s all beautiful.
- i love to escape to new york, where i worked
for many years. it is a city that still feels full of
- i am totally absorbed by the biography of marie antoinette by
antonia fraser. her life, the world she inhabited
and her style legacy are remarkable.
- colour could not be more important in my work. i combined my
favourite colour palette of peachy pinks with mint
and dark green for the hand-painted interior at caffé palladio in
- the photography of slim aarons reflects so
perfectly a slice of history – the people, their outfits and the
almost hyper-real backdrops. i love how he captured scenes in a