Where do Johnny Depp, James Franco, and Sting source their Moroccan decor? Badia Design in LA, an under-the-radar emporium frequented by decorators, artists, architects, and educated bazaar shoppers.
Our friend David John recently made the trek to North Hollywood to see what the buzz was all about; here's his report: "The first time I visited Badia, I was amazed at the vast amount of Moroccan goods they carried. The owners have been importing furniture, lighting, and rugs from Morocco for the past 20 years, and the showroom features room after room of artisan-made, handcrafted works. If you decide to make an excursion, be sure to take note of the exact address, as the storefront is easily missed (keep an eye out for the large metal decorative doors marking the entrance)."
Above: Brass lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Above: Leather poufs of all sizes and metal lanterns for indoor or outdoor use.
Above: Cushions made from Kilims.
Above: Lanterns on a marble-topped dresser with mother of pearl inlay.
Above: Large ceramic urns line the back wall, in shades or cool green, warm yellows, and earth tones. These urns were once buried in the earth to keep oils cool; now they're used for decoration.
Above: Badia offers an array of colorful, geometric, and hand-carved Moorish tiles; ideal for an outdoor pool or fountain, or indoors in a bathroom or kitchen design.
Above: Hundreds of lanterns cascade from the warehouse ceiling, catching the afternoon light.
Above: Handmade octagon shaped wooden tables. The showroom is also a great source for Moroccan panels and molding.