{martyn thompson & muriel brandolini}


I’ve become completely enchanted by this photograph by lifestyle photographer Martyn Thompson—the crimson wall, the billowy silk curtain, the flower pattern on the black chair cushion—there’s a moody, mysteriousness about the scene, as well as a painterly quality that Thompson is famous for.

Martyn Thompson was born in London and raised in Australia, where he studied English Literature and fine art at Sydney University, designing his own fashion collection after leaving college. He would go on to open a store with a group of friends, where he began photographing the clothes and fabric. Three years later, Thompson returned to London, where he expanded his portfolio with the portraiture and still life compositions that he is known for today.

Over the holidays, I was in a beautiful dressing room with suede-covered walls the colour of chocolate, and have since been in love with the idea of fabric on walls. I once heard that the singer Luther Vandross used cashmere on the walls in his home.

The deep-hued walls in interior designer Muriel Brandolini‘s study (above) are coated in an indigo corduroy fabric, and the dining room (below), are hung with an incredible bespoke silk design that was hand-embroidered in Vietnam.

{all images by Martyn Thompson; images 2 & 3: British Vogue February 2007 as photographed by Martyn Thompson}

12 Notes
  • Muriel Brandolini is a genius, pure and not so simple.

  • Oh my, that dark study is my favorite! So intriguing! You find the most amazing pictures!


  • That wall covering in th dining room is SOO cool! Her style is so unique. Love it!

  • Hello Amelia! No problem at all about the link–thanks so much for getting in touch with me–I really appreciate it.

  • Hi! Im so sorry about the missing out of the link to you, i was sure it was there until i had a look after you email and found out it wasnt!

    All the best,
    Amelia (ABL)

  • These are beautiful photos, but I must say, that wallpaper has me the most enchanted!

  • Beautiful photographs, very atmospheric, I really like the middle room.

  • Miss Ookpik said...

    These photos are extremely evocative. I almost feel like I could step right into them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dear Glamorous – I’ve opend your blog and thought ” Glamoroooouuuuusss – you’ve done it again – you never fail me – beeeeeeeautiful photos! (as always :-)

    That first one is especially woah- ish – They’re not colours that would normally put together but they work – I think you’re right – its the curtain he’s captured it beautifully.
    Right – I’m off to check out Martyn’s site!

  • I love Muriel Brandolini’s work and the fabric walls are divine!

  • She was able to capture that old world charm. Those photographs are ravishing. Thanks for the find.

  • These rooms have something like enchanting warmth!

    Wish you too a very joyous 2008full of leisure, fun and activities!!

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