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Muriel Brandolini's Design Inspiration

Muriel Brandolini

With a new book out this month and a pop-up store at Barneys New York through November, Vietnam native Muriel Brandolini has truly landed on the style map. Here, the designer tells T+L about the country that informs her textured, vibrant interior designs.

Q: What are some memorable moments from your last trip to Vietnam?

A: I stayed at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (doubles from $175) and trekked with a guide to the isolated Hoang Lien Son mountain range, near the Chinese border. Wandering through the Bac Ha Sunday Market in Sapa in search of crafts and textiles is extraordinary.

Q: Do you have any rituals when you’re in Ho Chi Minh City?

A: I always go to Pho 24, the Vietnamese answer to Starbucks. Breakfast is the social meal—the equivalent of dinner in America—and you can meet real people beginning their day.

Q: How was your Barneys home collection influenced by Vietnam?

A: Everything is beaded. The Vietnamese love jewelry. I created pillows and chairs made in Vietnam, thanking my country for making me me.

Photo by Lars Klove

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