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 labyrinths.
- The best piece of advice i have ever received was from diane von fürstenberg, who told me, ‘fear is not an option.’ 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 possibility.
- 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 jaipur.
- 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 cinematic way.