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The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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The World of Muriel Brandolini is a feast of highly original design, illustrating a singular and eclectic sensibility.” ~Departures
 
“More than just beautiful pictures of houses, the book is an American Dream story told against a multicontinental jet-set soundtrack.” ~Town & Country
 
"Decorator Muriel Brandolini’s style cannot be shoehorned into one category. Her first book demonstrates the range and audacity of her work." ~New York Magazine

"The World of Muriel Brandolini features a dynamic color sense, bold textures and patterns, and an unusual combination of antique and contemporary furnishings. Beautifully photographed, this look into Brandolini’s sophisticated world includes profiles of select residences, including her own legendary townhouse, which is considered to be a design laboratory. This avant-garde style-setter shows how an unfettered imagination can create an alluring home environment." Editor at large

About the Author

Muriel Brandolini was a fashion stylist before turning to decorating. Her work has been profiled in Harper’s Bazaar, The World of Interiors, Vogue, and Elle Decor. Wendy Goodman is the design director at New York Magazine. Franca Sozzani is editor in chief of Italian Vogue. Photographer Pieter Estersohn’s work is featured in leading lifestyle magazines as well as in many interior design books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.3 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a gorgeously produced book. The photography is the finest and the format is more than generous. Almost 300 pages of large, lush pictures.

The designer's style may be one of those love-it-or-hate-it propositions. However, even though it may not suit everyone's taste, I cannot imagine anyone actually hating these interiors. It isn't easy to pigeonhole Brandolini's style. It is certainly original and beautiful and not very low-key. My initial impression was sort of Tony Duquette meets the Far East. Lots of Oriental touches in lavish, colorful settings, both traditional and contemporary. A mostly modern look, but with antique and vintage pieces effectively used. Many of the furnishings and accessories are Brandolini's own creations.

Anyone who appreciates fine interior design should enjoy this book and find it an excellent source of unique ideas.n
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Until my October 2011 issue of Town and Country magazine arrived, I had never heard of Muriel Brandolini. Upon reading the article "Muriel's Moment", I immediately fell in love with her design style. Her style is captivating. I ordered her book online and it arrived 2 days ago. I can honestly say that I did not want to put it down. This is one great design book about her life and her taste. Most design books I have read do not hold my interest, but this book does. I love how free she is with her interior design and how she doesn't follow the "rules".

This is one book that I will go back to over and over again - just like the article in Town and Country magazine.

Thank goodness for Muriel Brandolini.

Town & Country (1-year auto-renewal)
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IT IS APPROPRIATE TO SUM UP MURIEL BRANDOLINI'S STYLE AS BOHEMIAN CHIC. I HAVE A LARGE COLLECTION OF INTERIOR DESIGN BOOKS AND SO FAR, SHE IS THE BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER IN BOHEMIAN CHIC STYLE. SHE POSSESSES A MAGICAL WAND IN CREATING ORIGINAL INTERIORS IN HER PAST ENERGETIC AND COLORFUL PALETTES AS WELL AS HER PRESENT ELEGANT AND SUBDUED LOOKS. THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO APPRECIATES A GLOBAL OUTLOOK IN FURNITURE, HANDICRAFTS AS WELL AS CONTEMPORARY ARTS. MURIEL'S BOLD AND SKILLFUL USE OF FABRICS ON WALLS, EMBROIDERIES AND ARTISTIC RUGS CREATES ONE OF A KIND ROOMS THAT ARE WARM AND INVITING. HER ROOMS CAN BE SOPHISTICATED, ARTISTIC, MODERN, ETHNIC AND ORGANIC. I LOVE HER EXTENSIVE USE OF FABRICS AND EMBROIDERIES IN UNEXPECTED COLOR COMBINATIONS. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE VERY WELL DONE AND THE BOOK IS MADE OF GOOD QUALITY PAPERS. THIS BOOK WOULD BE MORE INTERESTING IF MURIEL INCORPORATED MORE PHOTOGRAPHS OF PLACES AND PEOPLE IN VIETNAM AND ELSEWHERE THAT HAVE INSPIRED HER WORKS. THE LARGE CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHS OF HER PRETTY EMBROIDERED HATS CAN BE SHRUNK TO MUCH SMALLER SIZE AND BE REPLACED WITH MORE PHOTOGRAPHS OF SKILLFUL WORKERS IN VIETNAM PRODUCING HER HANDICRAFTS. I HOPE THIS IS NOT MURIEL'S FIRST AND LAST BOOK. SHE IS A BRILLIANT DESIGNER WHO INSPIRES A LOT OF PRESENT AND FUTURE INTERIOR DESIGNERS AS WELL AS ORDINARY HOMEOWNERS WITH HER OUTSTANDING WORKS. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO HAVE SEEN SUCH BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR DESIGNS.
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A beautifully conceived glamorous book. The concept of client views, writer views and biographical information made for an engaging book. The photos are large so one can see details. Thoughtfully written send presented...a very good book which I have referred to frequently. Highly reccomend ed.
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Muriel Brandolini's wonderful bohemian style in all it's glory! I enjoyed reading the snippets from her clients about Brandolini, and learning of her life's story. She is wild, wonderful and real! A beautiful, substantial work with many photographs, I enjoyed seeing the evolution of the decorator's style.
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I have been a fan of Muriel Brandolini's work for some time. I watched, various magazines with fascination as she changed the decor of her home to suit her new vision as it came to her. It is so refreshing to see such a disciplined originality. There is no one like her! This beautifully done book shows wonderful photos of her own homes, and those of some very interesting clients. A feature that I particularly enjoyed is the inclusion of paragraphs of the experiences of her clients as they were working with her. She has her signature pieces: chairs, sudare window dressing, beaded letters as wallpaper - yet each of her homes is unique. This book shows her evolution, which I am sure will continue - in fact is continuing as I write this. Can't wait to see what's next.

She has been called a "Bohemian" decorator. This does not begin to describe her work. To me her work is incredibly worldly and sophistacated. If anything I consider her the 21st century master of "Orientalism". But she actually can not be categorized at all. She is her own master.
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I am a huge fan of Muriel Brandolini's interiors. I was delighted to see a book of her work, as I have collected every magazine i could find with her designs. I had been hoping to see some interiors that had not previously been public. Unfortunately, this book seems to contain mostly previously published work--and not all of it, either--I had also been hoping to see reprints of some early work. (She did some fabulous early apartments, and even an early suburban home--less grand, but wonderfully imaginative.) To my disappointment, this book is mostly her most recent and previously published interior work. If you have not seen her houses, it is not to be missed; if you have the magazines (as I do), it's a little disappointing.
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