Saturday, September 16, 2017

BEAUTY: Interiors--Martin Brudnizki

Interior designer Martin Brudnizki recently gave a new look to the Ivy Soho Brasserie, one of the numerous offshoots of the original Ivy restaurant in London. To illustrate the interesting leap between inspiration and finished product, the concept for this restaurant and bar started with the art work of William Blake (1757 – 1827) who was the most famous resident of Broadwick Street where the Ivy Soho Brasserie is located. I can see how Blake's color palette was interpreted into the scheme that includes an onyx bar, bronze pendant lighting, marble floor tiles, polished parquet and a mixture of burnt orange leather and velvet banquettes and bar stools. But the art work on the walls of the restaurant is far from Blake with a Pop Art/Peter max vibe.

Another Brudnizki project that has a similar feel is the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan. The Bar Room at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court is located beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium. I love the Bohemian/Old World feel and Brudnizki's use of antique silhouettes for furniture and lighting.

And finally, back in London, Scarfes Bar features the same kind of classic elements and cozy, inviting pillows on banquettes and chairs.

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