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Just before the Belgium designer stood down from his house, he took to creating some interior pieces such as his collection of furniture and ‘white objects’ for the home. Martin Margiela has also designed the Suite ‘Ile aux Oiseaux’ at Les Sources de Caudalie near Bordeaux, France. For 650 euros a night and up (a special package includes a gift signed by Maison Martin Margiela), guests can retreat to the avant-garde chambre between spa treatments and bottles of premier cru at the hotel’s La Grand’Vigne restaurant which also provides a low calorie menu for the body conscious. 

The New York Times T Magazine state;  ‘The suite’s décor is classic Margiela, with its white-on-white-on-gray palette and trompe l’oeil playfulness: overlapping white calfskin rugs cover the bedroom floor, 12 white pillows are stitched to a white wall to form a headboard. The wallpaper in the sitting room is printed to look like the ghostly walls of a Haussmanian apartment, while the bathroom floor “tiles” are photo-printed pebbles. The only shock of color among the slip-covered 1950s chairs and mirrored cubes comes from a red hot-lips sofa. The effect is as calming as it is subtly disarming.’

Les Sources de Caudalie, the hotel and spa, opened 10 years ago in the Smith Haut-Lafitte château by the winemaking family and its entrepreneurial offspring is located on Chemin de Smith Haut-Lafitte, Bordeaux-Martillac; 011-33-5-57-83-83-83.