Muriel Brandolini, the perpetually in-demand interior designer, is a tough woman to pin down, a trait that was on a sort of hyper display Tuesday night on the ninth floor of Barneys New York. The department store hosted a party for her first book, “The World of Muriel Brandolini” in the pop-up shop it has dedicated to her limited edition home collection. The cocktail crowd included co-host James de Givenchy, Max Snow and Vanessa Traina, India Hicks, Nate Berkus and Matt Lauer, and the autograph table could barely contain Brandolini as she happily flitted from one guest to the next.
Uma Thurman won a particularly zealous greeting.
“I’m not working tonight,” the actress demurred when approached afterwards. “But I’m here for Muriel. You can quote me on that.”
Brandolini revealed all on a quick break from her duties.
“You know I’d been asked for many, many years to do a book, and I never could stop thinking and doing a book,” she laughed. “I’m not the type of person who will just stop, look back and be patient enough to put things together. It’s not part of my nature. I am absolutely impatient. So the book for me was true torture.”
Brandolini should have plenty to keep her occupied in the coming weeks. In addition to the book and pop-up shop, Phillips de Pury & Co. will auction pieces from her personal collection on Oct. 21.
“You know something, I never sold a piece of furniture of mine to a client in my entire career,” she said. “It’s kind of like detachment. I believe it is also maturing, you know? You have to be able to let go and be OK with it.”