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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How the Other Half decorates

Dining room.

In Muriel Brandolini's most recently published project, a New York City apartment is transformed from a square white box space to an elegant urbane living space. The clients, a screenwriter and a documentary producer, collaborated with Brandolini in searching out intriguing 20th-century furnishings on European buying trips and by commissioning several project-specific pieces. Brandolini's finds included designs by Ettore Sottsass, Gino Sarfatti, and Gio Ponti. The kinetic rugs were created by Federica Tondato. The glass-bead wall panels of the dining room took 60 Vietnamese artisans five months to produce. The scene depicts butterflies and birds flying through a landscape of bamboo thickets, trees and rivers.

Living room.

Home office.

Dressing area.

Daughter's room.

All images via Vogue.

28 comments:

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

oh my god, those rugs are absolutely incredible. i seriously have never seen anything like them.

rouge said...

Aside from the obvious expense, there's a lightness and whimsy in this place which is gorgeous.

I love the living room sofa and the daughter's room, esp the chair and floor covering (what IS that?).

And is that the owner, drifting across an image like some gorgeous Schiaparelli phantasm? To look like that and live in a place like that - it's bad for the old troll's envy levels!

The Shiny Pebble said...

Not my personal taste, but obviously a unique setting and wow for the glass bead vietnamese hand painted screen. I truly appreciate the fact that they went for craftsmanship and artistic sponsorship.

my favorite and my best said...

i would have spent it a little differently. but i loved this when i saw it. that whale chair is my favorite.
what i love most about brandolini is she can incorporate different styles in a room and make it look like it's never been done before.

Suzy said...

Its probably the most amazing home she's ever done. I loved it!

susieq said...

I LOVE the living room sofa. Absolutely beautiful. The entire apartment is gorgeous. Also love the daughter's room. The diamond quilted walls are fabulous. And, yes, love the whale tale chair too!

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

What's the big deal? That is exactly what my house looks like inside...bahahahahaha!!!! Maybe one day...in another life...

erin@designcrisis said...

STUNNING.

And she chose some of my fave hot Italian Stallions! You know I love me some Sottsass.

Karena said...

Stunning Raina, those walls and rugs are fab. I love that it is still whimsical and unique.

Karena
Art by Karena

The Townhouselady said...

Thos eimages are out of control gorgeous. I want to roll around in the beauty that is the living room floor.

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nkp said...

Fabulous, Darling. The attention to detail is just exquisite. Truly a unique and splenderous home!

helen said...

amazing what you can do with a slipcover on a packing crate bed though

Raina Cox said...

Helen - *snort*

designbabylon said...

j'adore the living room sofa as well as the color palette -- so soothing!

Where are my clients who would like to take me along on European buying trips? I know you're out there.....

ticklishfromadistance said...

Love the details. But not like gasping for air.

Marcelina said...

honestly everything is a bit too much for me, theres a few things I would rescue, but not my taste particularly.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

insane.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

holy fuck this is awesome. But I think they really dropped the ball on that dressing table.

dwr said...

Ok. I'll have to be honest here. I've always felt that she tries too hard. She disappeared from the magazines for the last 5-10 yrs or so, and is having a definite resurgence, at least from my (limited) remembrance. I love some of her quirk, but as a rule, the rooms end up looking just off enough to be wrong. Function never seems to be a priority in the least.

She's picked amazing pieces, and in these photos, well, they do seem better than much of her other published designs. I will fully admit to particularly liking the daughter's room, fantasy perfected.

Sorry for the rant, but she does seem to be a bit overrated in my opinion.

Raina Cox said...

designbabylon and Marcelina - Hello to both of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Topaz said...

I love lots about it but the lamps look way too clunky and overscaled for their surroundings and the dining room furniture seems to have escaped from a Berlin ball bearing factory, circa 1960. And as a serious designer, wouldn't you feel even slightly ridiculous being photographed in an evening gown? well, maybe not in the Age of Wearstler.

Raina Cox said...

Topaz - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness! The woman in the photo is the homeowner. If it was Brandolini, I'm sure she'd be in some crazy vintage silk caftan.

Dave said...

I love Brandolini because she IS diferent.
I could only live in this place if that mirror in the dressing room was some kinda MAGIC mirror because imperfect people are clearly not welcome here.

Sol Kawage said...

I am having an orgasm over those rugs.

houseenvy said...

Mmm, to me, it looks like the girl has been photoshopped into her bedroom - she probably wouldn't go in voluntarily as she has realised that it's a thinly disguised padded cell.

I do like some of it, especially the rugs, but would also have probably spent differently.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

this is definitely art! not my kind of living though. I think I would feel overstimulated.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

At least they spend their moolah well! I wanna have a little roll around on their rugs!!

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

That home office is totally weird.