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Vibrant Belgian Designer in Marrakech




Abstract face plate — LRNCE Ceramics  Artist Laurence Leenaert

Marrakech, Morocco



Laurence Leenaert


Leenaert discovers her designer trajectory in Morocco


As a creative free spirit, lured by the abundance of sunshine, arid climes, swaying palms and the rich artisan tradition of the North African Maghreb, Laurence Leenaert arrived in Marrakesh on an intuitive wim and a prayer carrying not much except her sewing machine and a desire for more exotic artistic expression. Maybe she was seeking inspiration from a distant, orientalist mystique similar to the likes of Matisse, Delacroix, Laurent and Lichfield. This spontaneous decision has proved to be very fortuitous because she now has a burgeoning design empire manifested from a love for the local tribal arts and their traditional materials, while managing to encounter the right people at the right time. This also included applying her natural design talents and the knowledge that she aquired from past studies in Fashion Design at Kask, in Ghent and a productive internship at Bless in Berlin.



‘Shens’ painting  — LRNCE


Favouring rich, grounded, earthy palettes, highlighted by freewheeling, minimalist line drawings in Piccaso, Miro modernist styles while infused with Morrocan tribal patterns and ritualistic symbols, Leenaerts multidisciplinary designs exude a joy and respect for the local artisans she readily embraced. Her diverse product line now includes textiles, ceramics, clothing, wall hangings, rugs and furniture based on impulsive, resorceful local collaborations, beautifully handcrafted by a broad collection of resident artists.

Founded in 2013, LRNCE has become the lifestyle brand that Leenaert had dreamt of while back in Belgium and has astutly brought into fruition.



Lrnce ceramic vase




Jacquard Fabric Chairlrnce objects chair




Lrnce Studio bottle vase



Lrnce-Studio-Neas Terra Cotta' Cotton Jacket

‘Neas Terra Cotta’ Cotton Jacket with Jacquard Fabric




LRNCE-studio-ceramic vessel

LRNCE Hand painted vase



lrnce wall painting and decor

lrnce wall painting and decor




Hand painted twin handled vase by Laurence Leenaert

Hand painted twin handled vase with relief panel

Laurence Leenaert



Henri Matisse Zorah on the Terrace 1912 Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow

Henri Matisse ‘Zorah on the Terrace’, 1912

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow



LRNCE soft furnishings and ceramics




lrnce – ‘Le Palmier’ vase

height 24 ins




Lrnce ceramic charger



LRNCE hand painted ceramic vases and objects



Woven Jacquard Fabric Pouffelrnce textiles pouffes - Hanif

 Pouffe – lrnce textiles pouffes  – Woven Jacquard Fabric –  Hanif




lrnce ceramic vessels



Laurence Leenaert in Marrakech courtyard



lrnce ceramics plates

Four handpainted LRNCE plates




Laurence in her Marrakech studio

photo by Jack Johns



LRNCE embroided-hanging

LRNCE embroided cotton hanging




Large ‘Chetan’ vase – LRNCE




Embroided cotton wall hanging – Lrnce



Ayoub wearing the Anwar shirt - Lrnce studio

Ayoub wearing the Anwar shirt



lrncem ceramics abstract-fruit dish

lrnce ceramic abstract fruit dish




Laurence Leenaert line drawing on vases




Morrocan vases by LRNCE



Scene de campagne.-1971

‘Scene de campagne’ — Jacques Azema



1855 Moroccan Saddles His Horse Hermitage Museum Eugene_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix

‘Moroccan Saddles His Horse’  Eugene Delacroix – 1855

Hermitage Museum



Lrnce Morroccan pottery

Lrnce – modernist pottery



lrnce burnt orange glazed pottery

Lrnce – rich orange glaze pottery



a royal palace in Morocco Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant

‘A Royal Palace in Morocco’ — Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant




Embroided cushion — lrnce




French Tribal Dance ovoid vessel



Large Saladier bowls



lrnce ceramics bowls Gabriela Hand Painted Ceramic Large Saladier

lrnce ‘Gabriela’ Hand Painted Ceramic Large Saladier



jalil wool embroided on cotten panel

Jalil — wool embroided on cotten framed panel




Large lrnce charger




LRNCE cotten jacket



Marrakech Jemaa El Fna 1990 for Vogue Paris Kristen McMenamy by Peter Lindbergh

Marrakech Jemaa El Fna  — Kristen McMenamy by Peter Lindbergh

1990 Paris Vogue




lrnce store display,  A New Tribe, London



Paul and Talitha Getty in Marrakech courtyard

Paul and Talitha Getty in Marrakech courtyard

photo by Peter Lindbergh, 1970




White wrought iron modernist line chairs – LRNCE