With his designs showcased throughout the world, Martin Brudnizki has become one of the industry’s most sought-after interior designers. Swedish-born designer Martin Brudnizki is the founder of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Specialising in restaurants, bars, hotels and private clubs, he has created many well-known interiors around the world.
Based in London and New York, the studio’s international project portfolio includes Soho Beach House Miami, Matsuhisa at Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz and in London: Scott’s, The Club at The Ivy, and the just opened The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Martin has also recently launched a lighting collection with American-lantern design specialists, The Urban Electric Company.
Born in Stockholm, Martin Brudnizki moved to London in 1990 to study Interior Architecture and Design at The American University. After working for a number of renowned architects and designers, Martin established Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS) in London in the year 2000 before opening a New York Studio in 2012. Martin has been described as ‘one of the best restaurant and hotel designers of his generation’ by Wallpaper* and is regularly listed within both the London Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential People in the UK and House and Garden’s Top 100 Leading Interior Designers. Alongside interiors, Martin has designed bespoke product collections, with recent collaborations including work with The Urban Electric Company and The Lacquer Company.
Brudnizki is has been also voted one of the ’50 Designers in the UK’ by Country and Townhouse.
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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.
Hartnett Holder & Co Lime Wood New Forest
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio was asked to design Hartnett Holder & Co, the new restaurant at Lime Wood Hotel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The restaurant is a collaboration between Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Head Chef, Luke Holder. The design took inspiration from the building’s Regency architecture and from the restaurant’s locally sourced, simple dishes. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio introduced a panelled, dark-stained oak bar topped with an Irish green marble to the dining space and bespoke furniture upholstered in rough linens and patterned fabrics to bring an unpretentious sense of English eccentricity.
Pizza East Portobello in London
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio worked with Nick Jones to create his second Pizza East restaurant; this time located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Consistent with the informal feel of Pizza East Shoreditch, vintage items such as the tin ceiling, glazed tiles, reclaimed timber panelling and a variety of found tables and chairs were sourced from New York. The result is a buzzy atmosphere in line with the lively neighbourhood surroundings.
The Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt
Sir Rocco Forte appointed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to design this hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. The 163 bedroom hotel features a bar and restaurant, conference facilities as well as a pool and a spa. Working closely with Mrs Olga Polizzi, Martin Brudnizki took the Forte design concept and created a comfortable, warm and light environment enjoyed by business and leisure guests alike.
The Club At The Ivy in London
Located over three floors above the famous Ivy restaurant, Martin Brudnizki created this private member’s club to be a warm and comfortable space. Housing an impressive collection of young and established British artists’ works, the design of the club was based on the 1930s style of the Ivy restaurant below. The Studio took timber panelling through the 2nd and 3rd floors and created a more contemporary interior for the 4th floor. All furniture found throughout the space was custom designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio who also collaborated with Paola Petrobelli on the ceiling light fixtures. For the entrance lobby, a 1970s Venini chandelier was found and restored to greet members and their guests on entry to the club.
Wentworth Club in London
Richard Caring asked Martin Brudnizki to redesign the restaurant, bar and lounge of this famous golf club. As the brief was to inject some glamour into the spaces, the Studio created a new champagne bar using beautifully patterned plaster wall panels coupled with an onyx and white lacquered bar with brushed brass detailing. For the dining room, mirrored wall panels were installed which had been carved in a floral pattern and subsequently painted in gold and silver colours with their backgrounds finished in white and gold leaf to give the room an amazing sense of depth. Beautifully handcrafted furniture and lighting was used throughout in keeping with the look and feel requested.
Cowshed Spa in Miami
The Cowshed Spa in Miami forms part of Soho Beach House located on Collins Avenue. In conjunction with Nick Jones, Martin Brudnizki designed this spa to mimic the feel of a rustic American barn. Achieved through the use of materials such as reclaimed timber flooring, wall panelling and vintage furniture throughout, the final creation is a well-worn and welcoming refuge to relax and recharge amidst the buzz of Miami.
On request from Mrs Burstein, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio redesigned this women’s store on South Molton Street. The Studio worked closely with the Client’s team to create a contemporary and timeless, yet relaxing environment using materials such as limed oak, lacquered panels and blackened steel – all set off by the subtlest shade of pink on the walls. Bespoke rugs designed by Christine Van der Hurd were chosen for the first floor and all furniture and fittings were custom designed to display the retail collections with a feeling of understated luxury.
The Palladio In London
Taking inspiration from the rich character of the Covent Garden Piazza, The Palladio apartments embody the very idea of curated luxury. Merging functionality and style with high quality finishes that are practical yet timeless and chic, The Palladio is designed around an exciting lifestyle. Natural light bathes the space through the large windows, acting as an asset in which subtle features such as deep cornices, timber floors and marble surfaces anchor themselves. The look is simple, yet sophisticated.
45 East 22nd Street Show Flat And Sales Centre in New York
Tasked with creating interiors for luxury residential development, 45 East 22nd Street, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio first created the show flat and sales centre. As the sixty-five storey apartment building is located in the heart of one of the most iconic and culturally sophisticated neighborhoods in Manhattan—the Flatiron District at Madison Square Park – the apartments take inspiration from the surrounding area and combine a pre-war sensibility for detail and materiality with a modern sense of space and light. The sales centre and show flat leave a lasting impression of the sophistication, functionality and beauty to be found at 45 East 22nd Street.
The Urban Electric
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The first building I really remember growing up was Stockholm Public Library. Designed by Gunnar Asplund it has all the monumentality of a classical design, but the ornament has been reduced to its most abstract geometrical forms. It’s a building on the cusp of modernity.
I wish I’d designed the Olivetti Showroom (in St. Marks Square, Venice) by Carlo Scarpa, it really redefined the relationship between nature and architecture. Blending the exterior and interior seamlessly, the design is perfectly balanced.
The Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is a constant source of inspiration. He was the master at using space and light and his interior detailing was way ahead of its time.
A historical building that I admire is Castle Drogo. It’s fascinating to see a design that combines the unexpected so harmoniously. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century and manages to combine Tudor as well as minimalist touches. However for me, the elegant interior is what makes it really special.
I have a couple of Kaare Klint Safari chairs. They are everything you want in a chair, comfortable, functional and they just look better and better with age.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Following in the footsteps of The Ivy Market Grill, the London Studio designed The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Offering a slice of an idyllic English garden, all hidden away behind the busy King’s Road, the tranquil space has been designed to give Londoners a space to rest and escape the bustle of the city. With a colour palette of green, orange and cream, mirrored wall panels and botanical themed vintage artwork, alongside the lush foliage of the restaurant’s outside area, The Ivy Chelsea Garden has become a new destination for those wanting to be close to nature in the heart of Chelsea.
Soho Beach House
Described as the place where ‘grit meets glamour, hotel meets private club’ Soho Beach House is located on Collins Avenue in South Beach, Miami. Nick Jones requested Martin Brudnizki to work with him on this 80,000 square foot hotel and private member’s club with over 40 bedrooms, three rooftop suites, two large pools, beach cabanas, screening room, Cecconi’s restaurant, and an expansive Cowshed Spa. Drawing inspiration from Cuba and Latin America for the palette of weathered bright colours and patterns, materials used in the project include salvaged timber from Wyoming, encaustic floor tiles from a church in Spain, vintage barber chairs from upstate New York and many reclaimed fixtures throughout the space. Within the hotel suites, one-off vintage pieces were sourced from antique dealers on the West Coast of America, while the bathrooms were designed in a classic British style. The bars and restaurants were created to exude a rustic Latin charm through the use of aged, ‘roughed-up’ materials, dark timber elements and warm, passionate colours.