Martin Brudnizki, founder of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), the internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design studio, based in London and New York. Notable clients include Four Seasons, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Luxury Resorts, Soho House Group, The Birley Group, Caprice Holdings and many more.
If I were a CAR, I would choose to be a Mercedes SL 450 R107. While not possessing quite the looks of the Jaguar E-Type or the aggression of a Ferrari 365 GTC/4, it is nonetheless a handsome and reliable model, still going strong over forty years after its launch.
If I were a FLOWER, I might be the Larkspur or Delphinium purely because they are tall, colourful flowers that stand out amongst any herbaceous border – I’m tall and I like colour. However, it is said the Larkspur came from the blood of Ajax, who – grieving for the death of Achilles in the Trojan War – fell on his own spear. The fact I love Greek mythology only adds to my love for this flower.
If I were a SONG, it would be a mixture of Jeri Southern’s An Occasional Man for its upbeat and defiant tone about standing on one’s own two feet and being happy – mixed with Ivor Novello’s I can give you the Starlight because it reminds me of my partner and how I would do anything for him – and finally a dose of Nu Braz’s Segunda Feira – because I love to dance to a little bossa nova.
If I were a BOOK, and continuing on the Greek Mythology theme, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a favourite of mine. I relate a lot to Patroclus at the beginning as I didn’t enjoy school and wasn’t particularly social or academic until the last few years, but then it seemed to click and I went from bottom of the class to the top – and from there set up my company and became an interior designer. Now I feel a kinship with Achilles in striving for perfection in everything I do. Of course there is the whole gay love story within the book to which I can also relate.
If I were a TREE, it would be the Holm Oak. I once read that during the 18th century when aristocrats returned from their Grand Tours laden with purchases of sculpture and art, the crates were packed with the acorns of the Holm Oak. These acorns were then scattered casually across the parkland of the great estates and from these grew great trees. The Holm Oak has now become a part of the English landscape, especially on the big country house estates. I myself moved to London from the continent (Sweden not Italy) over twenty years’ ago and also feel part of the landscape. I have a great affinity for this country’s history of architecture, art and landscape gardens.
If I were a COCKTAIL, it would be the Negroni Sbagliato – a classic done with contemporary flair.