The woman behind the world’s most Instagrammable interior

the danish fashion designer turned decorator marie-anne
oudejans is the woman behind the design of 
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
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
    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
  • 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
    cinematic way. 

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