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Curated by Muriel Brandolini

...a sense of taste goes hand in hand with a sense of wonder...

New York-based, worldly interior designer Muriel Brandolini is not one to obsess about perfection. Influenced by her Vietnamese, Venezuelan and French heritage, and informed by her travels, Muriel’s cosmopolitan, Haute-bohemian aesthetic – a mix of exoticism, sophistication, and fantasy underpinned by her signature mix of pattern and colour – is the product of intuition more than calculation. For Muriel, a sense of taste goes hand in hand with a sense of wonder, an eye for beauty, and an open mind. What makes her work stand out, as a decorator as well as fabric, apparel, and furniture designer, is her distinctive brand of eclectic exuberance which stems from a genuine passion for life. Keen on colour, with an active imagination and a talent for mixing styles and periods, her work is assertive, playful and multi-layered, and yet earnestly reflective of her clients’ lifestyle. We recently caught up with Muriel to ask her about her inspirations, travels, and treasured possessions.

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Art de la table with some tablecloths & napkins made of fabric from her collection for Holland & Sherry

How would you define yourself in three words?

Spontaneous, colourful, and energetic.

 

Which art/design/style icons you are most inspired by?

Madeleine Castaing and Renzo Mongiardino.

 

Which colours are you currently enamoured of?

Tobacco.

 

A timeless design piece you own?

A console by Axel Einar Hjorth.

Left: Madeleine Castaing, Right: Renzo Mongiardino, photographed in New York in 1989 by Irving Penn.Credit...Irving Penn, Lorenzo Mongiardino (B), New York, 1989/© The Irving Penn Foundation

What’s an accessory you had for ages?

My diamonds.

 

What item in your closet do you wear the most?

My jelabas.

 

The beauty product you can’t live without?

My Caudalie Premier Cru cream.

Dechiu | Design Hotel-Vietnam. Photo © Dechiu.
Venice by Liubov Ilchuk - @liubovilchuk

Favourite destination and hotel?

The Dechiu Hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam

 

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

Hiking, alone with a guide, through the terraced rice fields and villages of Sapa in Vietnam.

 

Three Instagram accounts you check daily?

@Casamota, @FD_Gallery, @CarolinaIrving_and_Daughters

 

What do you miss most when traveling?

My bed.

 

Which city would you choose to live in if you had to move?

Venice, Italy.

 

Your latest discovery?

Solitude.

Beige Is Not A Color The Full-Spectrum World of Carlos Mota ISBN 978-0-86565-366-5 © 2020 Vendome Press - @Casamota
The Leopold Museum in Vienna. © Leopold Museum, Vienna.
Muriel Brandolini's Hamptons residence which overlooks Peconic Bay
Muriel Brandolini, portrait by Fernando Bengoechea.

Your idea of happiness?

To be with my husband and children in our house in the country, overlooking the bay.

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