In conjuction with the launch of designer Muriel Brandolini's new book, The World of Muriel Brandolini, Barneys New York will unveil an 800-square-foot pop-up store devoted to the designer's unique vision. This immersive environment will be designed from top to bottom by Brandolini, and will feature her limited edition Home Collection produced exclusively for Barneys.
Pair of slipper chairs, ca. 2000, $7,000-9,000
The collection includes beautiful and inventive objects for the home such as pillows, runners and placemats, folding side tables and lounge chairs, entirely hand-beaded and hand-embroidered by Vietnamese artisans in Brandolini's signature mix of unexpected colors and bold motifs.
Blurring the line between art and design, three themes emerge: Dadaist surrealism, memento mori and a pop fantasy. The unifying element is a whimsical playfulness combined with strong graphics.
Pierre Charpiin, Two "Slice" modular seating units, 1998 $4,000-6,000
Brandolini chose to work with Barneys to create her home collection as a result of their longstanding relationship, which started in 1999 when Barneys first began selling her hand block-printed jelabas, which eventually expanded to a ready-to-wear collection of hats, bags, and coats. With her signature exuberance, Brandolini decided to bring back her famous jelabas for one season only to coincide with the launch of her book.
Brandolini describes the inspiration for her unprecedented collection for Barneys as being "a celebration of the launch of my first book, which is about the past seventeen years of my journey as an interior designer. My book is all about creating a personal environment, and what better way to share that than to create this space with Barneys where I can bring people into my world?"
Ron Arad, "Reinventing the Wheel 180," 1996 $50,000-70,000; Francois Bauchet, "Stonehenge," 2005 $15,000-20,000
She will be collaborating with Galerie Kreo of Paris to include a carefully curated collection of pieces from the artists they represent, including François Azambourg, Pierre Charpin and Dominique Mathieu. The selection features works that are both limited editions as well as production pieces that Muriel has put her signature twist on with her choice of custom colors.
“I want people to enter the space and be transported, said Brandolini. "They should feel as if they are in a home, and see how a contemporary metal console can be placed next to a Regency style banquette.”
Pair of chairs from the collection of Emperor Charles I and Zita of Bourbon Parma, Austria, ca. 1905, $25,000-35,000
Featured in the sale are a selection of pieces by celebrated contemporary designers such as Martin Szekely, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Ron Arad. “These are living artists creating remarkable works,” Brandolini says, “I am constantly inspired by their use of unusual materials in unexpected combinations.”
Also in celebration of the book launch, Phillips de Pury & Company will present Brandolini’s personal collection of furniture in a pioneering single-owner auction on October 21st on view to the public from October 8th, with a reception and booksigning to take place on the evening of October 18th. For the pre-auction viewing, Brandolini will create fully imagined settings throughout Phillips’s flagship at 450 Park Avenue and 57th Street, inspired by the projects in her book and the pieces included in the sale.
‘The World of Muriel Brandolini’ will coincide with Rizzoli's publication of the same name and will offer for sale many works illustrated in her forthcoming book. Brandolini will host Rizzoli's only New York book signing at Phillips de Pury & Company from 6PM – 8PM, October 18.
Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, will moderate a panel discussion October 19 with Brandolini, Simon de Pury, and Clémence Krzentowski about the joys and challenges of collecting art and design.