Inside Tangier

Houses & Gardens
By: Nicolò Castellini Baldissera
Photography by Guido Taroni
Foreword by Hamish Bowles
Introduction by Umberto Pasti
360 pages
9¼ x 
12 in. 
 (235 x 
305 mm.), 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-370-2
Hardcover with jacket
US $75 / 
CAN $94 / 
GBP £60
PUBLISHED: Sep, 2019

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A white-walled city perched between Morocco and Europe, Tangier was long a haven for the literary and artistic avant-garde—and black sheep—of Europe and America. Now a new generation of residents are blending color, pattern, and taste to create an interior aesthetic all their own. Inside Tangier explores a selection of these exceptional properties and their eccentric inhabitants—from antiques dealer and collector Gordon Watson and interior designer Frank de Biasi to the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and antiques dealer Christopher Gibbs—providing rare insights into the sometimes bohemian, sometimes extravagant, but always stylish “Tangerine” lifestyle.

Nicolò Castellini Baldissera is the great-grandson of renowned Italian architect Piero Portaluppi and an accomplished interior designer in his own right. His commissions have taken him across Italy, to Paris, Gstaad, Tangier, South Africa, and New York. Based in London, he has had a home in Tangier for over a decade.

Milan-born photographer Guido Taroni has shot campaigns for some of Italy’s leading fashion houses and regularly contributes to a variety of noted publications including Architectural Digest and Cabana. Taroni’s first book—The Interiors and Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision—was published in 2017 by Rizzoli.

It’s the Moroccan city that has long attracted a bohemian class of folk from Europe and America. . . . This volume looks at some of the city’s more recent inhabitants. . . . Readers learn fast while the city remains alluring.

Milieu Magazine

An enthralling new book looks inside the most stylish homes of Tangier.


The homes, gardens, and rooms documented are mouthwateringly beautiful. . . . All make you desperate to be friends with these chic designers, and all convince you that the joy many get just from walking the streets of Tangier is a blissful ignorance as they’ll rarely get to see the kaleidoscopic wonders arrayed behind the often simple street doors.

Baldissera, a renown interior designer and Tangier transplant, takes us on a tour of the most beautiful homes in this Moroccan city in his lavish and delicious book.

A glimpse into the homes of creatives in this north Moroccan interior-design hotspot, Inside Tangier goes behind the doors of some of its most beautiful houses.

House & Garden

Just as southern Spain can be seen across the Strait of Gibraltar, so, for all their faded zellige tiles, Moorish arches, moucharaby screens and dappled raids, the patinated pleasure pads of expats featured in Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens are shot through with a distinctively European love of the exotic; the droll name of interior decorator Gavin Houghton’s four-storey house, La Di Dar, encapsulates the ‘North Africa meets knowing urbanity’ very well.

The World of Interiors

Long a destination associated with eclectic wonder, Tangier is in a new era of amazing homes and gardens. The book looks at homes in this region of Morocco, revealing the colours, patterns and aesthetic of the place; all arched, shapely walls, balcony views out to sea, patterned tiles and sun-sheltered enclaves that abound with leaves or cacti.

The iconic home of Yves Saint Laurent is here, as well as the ornate Moorish palace owned by Woolworth heiress and legendary hostess Barbara Hutton. Not everyone we meet in Inside Tangier is famous, but what we do find is an artistic community with international sophistication united by love of place. 


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