Martin Brudnizki Designed the World’s Hottest Restaurants—Then He Crafted the Ultimate Dining ChairWords by Olivia Lidbury
When you have a great idea or conceive a brilliant design, you want to share it with the world.
Which is why, in 2015, internationally acclaimed interior designer and Expert Martin Brudnizki launched And Objects. The exquisite furniture and accessories conceived by Martin and designer Nicholas Jeanes are crucially available to all—not just their clients, which include London’s Annabel’s, New York’s Fouquet Barrière, and Miami’s Surf Club restaurant.
“Working on projects for Soho House or Annabel’s has not only given me great experience in understanding how you design comfortable, durable yet beautiful spaces, but also an opportunity to be really creative,” says Martin, who was raised in Sweden, and runs his eponymous studios in London and New York.
2023 will see the studio open the first And Objects boutique on London’s famed Pimlico Road. “Getting the keys is a milestone, we’re terribly excited about having an open door and allowing people to pop in and see our furniture,” says Martin of joining the exciting roster of antique dealers and interior stores. Stateside, his creations, which he dubs ‘future antiques’ for their timelessness and meticulous quality, are available exclusively on Showroom.
The lightbulb moment…
Nick and I met around 15 years ago. He was the product designer at Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and after some time, we decided it would be a good idea to allow the wider industry and public the ability to buy our designs. We started And Objects with a few pieces from key projects like Annabel’s, and worked on collaborations with The Urban Electric Company and The Rug Company. We’ve built it from there.
What makes our objects different from the rest
Each piece we create is a combination of function and beauty, but also includes a flair for the unexpected. While our collections have all the hallmarks of a classic, we try to inject a certain sense of playfulness and irreverence too.
Where I seek out inspiration
Inspiration happens constantly—I find I have to archive things in my mind to call upon at a later date. The collection we launched in 2020 was created to show a more colorful side to Swedish design, in homage to how I grew up there. We looked at the Swedish Grace Movement which enhanced simple furniture with exquisite details often inspired by classical patterns or ancient folk motifs.
The esteemed architect Sir John Soane is someone who has influenced me in my life and we were lucky enough to shoot the collection at his country house, Pitzhanger Manor. Soane had a fascination with reinterpreting the past and reworking materials in unique ways and that is an idea that resonates with me.
How our ideas are turned into reality
We work with excellent producers in England and Italy. Our carpenter is based in the stables of an old estate in Dorset, while our scagliola maker is based in a cottage near Sissinghurst in Kent. They are all small teams but possess undivided focus on making things properly. One of our consoles takes 93 hours to produce—all of it by hand. They are not only artisans but artists.
My idea of luxury
Quality, time, and storytelling. Luxury is how something makes you feel.
How to master mood lighting at home
It’s all about balance: the optimum is a mixture of low-level lighting with lamps on tables, mid-level standing lamps or wall lights, and ceiling lights. All dimly lit but used simultaneously to cast a soft glow.
The hero product you’re most excited to bring to Showroom
Photo courtesy of And Objects featuring Easton Dining Chairs
Photo courtesy of And Objects featuring Easton Dining Chairs in Red and Black
We do a good dining chair—you need it to be comfortable, strong, and ergonomic. We often start with a mid-century or Modernist-inspired shape and then enhance it with materiality. The Easton is hand-wrapped in Italian leather, ending with brass sabot feet.
Why partner with The Expert Showroom
It’s a great connector between the world and designers. I’ve loved discussing solutions to people’s individual interiors—it’s a very personal experience. To allow customers the opportunity to peruse and purchase furniture is another great way of linking designers with homeowners.
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