At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani

At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani via Quintessence-1-1

World travelers, collectors and sophisticated shopkeepers, Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani, the duo behind the chic NYC design destination Creel and Gow, were instantly smitten by Tangier, the magical North African port city that has seduced generations of writers, artists and designers. After years of visiting friend and world renowned interior designer Charles Sevigny at his historic Moroccan home, Dar Zero, they purchased the house with the unique arrangement that Charles stay on for his lifetime – he passed away last year at 101. Please join me and Susanna for a special visit with Jamie and Marco in their stylish Tangerine home.

At one of the highest points in the Casbah, the historic center of Tangier, Dar Zero occupies a unique spot in the city’s history. Next door to the 16th century York Castle, it was owned and renovated in the 1960’s by Charles and his partner Yves Vidal, creative director of Knoll International.

At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani via QuintessenceThe original structure, including the enchanting courtyard, above, with its ancient fig tree, and much of the furnishings, remain, such as the red lattice chairs of Charles’ design, below. The second shot shows them surrounding a Knoll Saarinen table in the breakfast area.

Charles Sevigny designed chair at Dar Zero in Tangier via Quintessence

Dar Zero in Tangier via QuintessenceOver the years, Jamie and Marco have made sensitive renovations and additions that echo Charles’ understated sophistication and homage to Moroccan craftsmanship and style. The recently expanded rooftop looks both back over the house and rooftops

At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani-1

and out over the Strait of Gibaltrar, emphasizing Tangier’s waterfront appeal, with access to both the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

At Home at Dar Zero in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani via Quintessence

Annexing a house next door, Marco created the cozy new downstairs room integrating Moroccan finds and textiles primarily from friend Lisa Fine.

Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani in Tangier via Quintessence

They most recently added a garden room beyond, open to the roof, for the ability to entertain al fresco during the often windy evenings.

Garden room at Dar Zero via Quintessence

Marco worked with local craftsmen to achieve a seamless transition between old and new. You can also see more of Dar Zero in Nicolo Castellini Baldissera‘s wonderful tome Inside Tangier.

Dar Zero garden room via Quintessenceall photos above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Much of Dar Zero reflects the aesthetic sensibilities found in the duo’s New York City shop Creel and Gow, which we are proud to have as our video sponsor.

Creel and GowOn a lovely leafy block on Manhattan’s upper east side, this jewel box of a boutique celebrates the power of nature in the decorative arts. Like a cabinet of curiosities, Jamie and Marco delight in traveling the world sourcing unique finds for their devoted fans.


From rare minerals

Creel and Gow Amethyst salts and bowls, mounted quartz crystal and amethyst spheres

to coral, taxidermy (responsibly sourced), unusual decorative decorative objects

Coral and decorative objects at Creel and Gow


tabletop at Creel and Gow

jewelry, art, decor and much more, always presented in the most marvelous window displays by Marco who serves at creative director.

Window display Creel and Gow

Whether you are looking for the unusual, exquisite and exotic for yourself or that special someone, a trip to Creel and Gow, whether in person, or online, is sure to satisfy your needs in style!

Creel and Gow window displayphotos of shop courtesy of Creel and Gow

So thank you Jamie and Marco for welcoming Susanna and me into your beautiful and inspiring home. We love how you are honoring and expanding on the legacy at Dar Zero!!

11 thoughts on “At Home in Tangier with Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani

  1. This tour was just fabulous! I did not want it to end. Truly a magnificent home in Tangier. The next time I travel to New York I will visit Creel and Gow. Beautiful!

  2. An exotic paradise! Love the idea with the “false windows”. Will have to use that sometime. Wish the tours were longer.

  3. Oh, for heaven’s sake…a “magic carpet experience!” I LOVE this!! A book, a book…I need my “looking glass” to examine EVERYTHING!! Paradise perfect. franki

  4. If you like this,
    Wait until you see Dar Ouezzane, in Merchan, Tangier; Chez Gordon Watson, of the famed Pimlico Rd antique dealer.

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