Martin Brudnizki has become one of the industry’s most sought-after interior designers. The Swedish-born designer is the founder of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Specializing in restaurants, bars, hotels, and private clubs, he has created many well-known interiors around the world. Born in Stockholm, Martin moved to London in 1990 to study Interior Architecture and Design at American University.
ABOUT MARTIN BRUDNIZKI
Martin Brudnizki’s love for design started at a young age. His mother was a stylist and his father a mechanical engineer; the combination of these elements embedded a deep understanding of aesthetics alongside a grounding in functionality. He enrolled at The American University in London to study Interior Architecture where he was deeply inspired by an eclectic range of architects and designers, including Carlo Scarpa, Paul Dupree-Lafon, and Dorothy Draper. Following a number of successful positions at renowned interior design firms, Martin established his eponymous studio in London in 2000 and a New York Studio in 2012. Through this experience Martin Brudnizki has acquired a high level of expertise in the design and realization of high-profile and luxury schemes, always reducing the complexity of any project to simple design solutions.
Martin Brudnizki 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.
Martin Brudnizki – Smith & Wollensky
Debuting its first UK opening, Smith & Wollensky is a 300-cover American steak restaurant situated in the Adelphi Building behind The Strand. Echoing the architecture of the building, the restaurant’s décor subtly nods to the Art Deco period, most notably through the use of real copper leaf detailing on the ceiling and an intricate monochrome mosaic marble bar flooring in the center of the room, framed in timber. A classic aesthetic runs throughout with the addition of timber wall paneling and an impressive central bar. A blackened steel bar crafted from antique copper and brass with a neutral Carrara top also provides a focal point to Smith & Wollensky.
Martin Brudnizki – The Club at The Ivy
Located over three floors above the famous Ivy restaurant and composed of a lounge bar, restaurant, private dining room, and terrace, Martin Brudnizki created this private members’ club to be a warm and comfortable sanctuary in the midst of London. Housing an impressive collection of young and established British artwork, the design of the Club was based on the 1930s style of The Ivy restaurant below. The studio continued timber paneling 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 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.
Martin Brudnizki – Wentworth Club
Martin Brudnizki was asked by Richard Caring to redesign the restaurant, bar, and lounge of his famous golf club. The beautiful champagne bar, crafted using elegant patterned wall panels, onyx, and white lacquer with brushed brass detailing gives the space a glamorous revival. The adjacent dining room achieves a rich sense of depth with carved mirrored wall panels in rich colors of gold and silver. The comfortably spaced dining tables create a relaxed environment to enjoy the inspiring decor. Handcrafted furniture and lighting used throughout heighten the beautifully ornamental, yet informal feel of the club.
Martin Brudnizki – Campbell Gray Living
Martin Brudnizki worked with Gordon Campbell Gray on this luxury residential development in Amman, Jordan. From state-of-the-art appliances to cool gleaming marble floors to supple, inviting leather touches, the furnishings in each of the one, two, and three-bedroom apartments are opulent and stunning. Exceptional shared amenities and services are found throughout the building, from the 24 hours attended lobby and concierge service to the landscaped rooftop pool and sundeck. Together, these exquisite details make Campbell Gray Living one of the most coveted residences in Amman, designed for the global elite. Designed to deliver comfort, convenience, and contemporary living with an accent on elegance, each residence is stylishly appointed with furnishings crafted from premium materials.
Martin Brudnizki – Brasserie Prince
Taking residency at the landmark The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux is a classic eatery inspired by the French bistro scene. Comprising a restaurant, lounge, and bar, Martin Brudnizki‘s first project to break ground in Scotland transports the look of London’s smartest nightlife haunts to the Scottish capital. Amid a striped coffered ceiling, high-gloss lacquer and timber paneled walls, traditional banquettes, and room-length mirrors, the dining space is flushed with tones of soft blues, greens, and blush pink. Natural timber, soft leather, and mohair wool synonymous with Scotland’s heritage have been integrated to reflect the rich history of the building, acclaimed as one of the great railway hotels dating back to 1902. The adjoining bar and lounge, a destination venue in its own right, was designed to reflect a convivial yet informal backdrop.
Martin Brudnizki – The Confidante
The Confidante is a 380-room oceanfront hotel that re-establishes the ideals of 1950s glamour. Located in a building that is one part Art Deco, one part Miami modernism, one part 21st Century design, and with a touch of Spanish revival, the interior is truly postmodern and reflects the rich architectural history of the building. The design takes influences from the mid-century resort style of the city’s heyday and fuses it with the glamour, texture, color, and comfort of the tropics to create a stylish and eclectic Miami Beach look. Martin Brudnizki was responsible for designing the entire hotel, including; communal areas, pool and beach area, spa, Seagrape restaurant, meeting rooms, and all bedrooms and suites.
Martin Brudnizki – 81 Dean Street
81 Dean Street harks back to the inter-war intermezzo, where Soho gained its reputation as a melting pot for London’s artists and intellectuals. The 16 apartments and two penthouses showcase post-modern interiors that combine an art deco-inspired Soho loft design with classical detailing to create dynamic yet comfortable spaces, perfect for relaxing with a book or recreating the Roaring Twenties. Using subtle and intelligent design details, 81 Dean Street allows owners to enjoy their apartments in a timeless fashion. Antique reclaimed oak floors, simple yet strong whites and light greys on the walls alongside wood paneling provide an elegant back-drop from where the cast iron and stone staircase with Belle Epoch detailing, tall leather doors, and polished brass light fixtures offer eye-catching details; symbolizing the synthesis of the modern and classical styles that these apartments embody.
Martin Brudnizki – Fortnum & Mason
Inspired by the elegance and sophistication of Fortnum & Mason’s iconic Piccadilly store, Martin Brudnizki helped the Royal grocers introduce their brand to Asia. Situated in the ultra-modern K11 Musea on Hong Kong’s picturesque Victoria Harbour, the new Fortnum & Mason stands as a beacon of English hospitality in a burgeoning market. Split across two floors, with panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline, Fortnum & Mason comprises a full shop floor and a separate restaurant, 181, serving lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
Inspired By The Look
Situated in the exciting new Nine Elms development, Linnaean is a new wellness salon and cafe concept designed by Martin Brudnizki. Named after the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus – the father of modern taxonomy, Linnaean embodies the pioneering spirit of Linnaeus, breathing new life into the luxury salon and beauty treatment scene. Through introducing a casual dining concept, visitors are encouraged to relax and luxuriate in the comfort of Linnaean, extending their stay and reaping the benefits of the relaxing ambiance. Split across two floors, Linnaean offers a hair salon, treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, a retail area, and a standalone café. Utilizing clean lines with a fresh color palette of greens and soft coral tones, the whole space feels welcoming, bright, and enriching. Limed timber, rattan, and woven leather bring a tactile element to the design whilst vibrant ceramic tiles and terrazzo stone ensure the look is refreshing and contemporary. Soft upholstery, featuring botanic motifs, a nod to Linnaean’s distinctive heritage, and contemporary artwork by female artists complete the look.