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Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS) was founded by interior architect Martin Brudnizki in 2000. Established in London, MBDS set-up a New York design practise in 2012 managed by Martin’s US business partner Craig Harvey and currently employs over 70 staff between its two locations.
Known for bringing a lived-in-luxurious feel to high-glamour projects, MBDS is responsible for designing some of the world’s most celebrated interiors, including The Ivy, Soho Beach House Miami, Scott’s and Cecconi’s West Hollywood and has received notable recognition, including accolades from Wallpaper*, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar and the European Hotel Design Awards.
The Studio’s success rests in its considered approach to every project, taking the utmost respect for a client’s brief and the unique character of the area or street in which a project is located, to ensure the finished product not only sits well within its environment, but also meets the needs and expectations of the client.
This is a winning combination which has translated perfectly to projects ranging from restaurants, hotels and private clubs to large scale residential developments and helping a select number of people create their dream homes. MBDS provides a variety of services including interior architecture, interior design and furniture and lighting design.
How do you think perceptions of luxury will change in both the short and long term future?
Luxury has to reinvent itself. As a word it is too often used and has become watered down. We prefer to work with quality or functionality as these concepts are relatable and evoke an emotion.
How is the interior design industry influencing and leading the future of the luxury market?
Luxury for me revolves around lifestyle. Which is what is fascinating about interior design, as you have the ability to shape someone’s lifestyle. A neighbourhood restaurant has the ability to improve an area and the lives of those who visit; our homes can not only make us feel comfortable but more confident when designed correctly. Put simply, our interiors provide the framework from where we can explore a way of life; whether that is meeting new people, socialising with friends, sharing ideas or escaping into our own utopia. When we experience an interior on this level, I believe that is luxury.
With regards to The Ivy, can you tell us about any features you included in the design to help future proof the space? (The Ivy is a famous and exclusive social spot in West End in London. The Club at The Ivy is a fresh and imaginative Art Deco oasis created by Martin Brudnizki)
The Ivy has been synonymous with style and sophistication for almost a century and so we didn’t want to reinvent the restaurant but refresh it. You always have to look back to look forward and so we kept those much loved elements, such as the harlequin stained-glass windows, focus on British art and a similar palette. Whilst updating it with a new central bar, new art and colour scheme built on the original palette. It should last another 100 years.
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