Martin Brud­nizki

Country Life Every Week - - Interiors -

‘There’s some­thing about London’s make-up that’s re­spon­si­ble for its de­sign her­itage; much like New York, it’s a melt­ing pot of cul­tures and the city is a num­ber of vil­lages with dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties that have grown to­gether. Here, you have the pomp and cir­cum­stance of re­gal London along­side the grunge and arty vibe of Shored­itch—and plenty in be­tween. It’s what sets the two cities apart from the other so-called de­sign cap­i­tals—paris is so French and Mi­lan is so Ital­ian, but London and New York are about va­ri­ety.

‘It’s a melt­ing pot of cul­tures and the city is a num­ber of vil­lages with dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties

In terms of restau­rant de­sign, how­ever, we can’t com­pete: New York still leads the way. It spear-headed, for ex­am­ple, the nos­tal­gic, rus­tic and Brook­lyn-es­que look that we’re fol­low­ing now. It makes sense be­cause its din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is way ahead of us in terms of his­tory. Peo­ple would dine out reg­u­larly in New York be­fore the Sec­ond World War—long be­fore it hap­pened here— and it’s a big part of their lives to­day.

Al­though a lot of London’s cre­ativ­ity is in­flu­enced by the dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties that have made it home, it’s one of the great­est and most beau­ti­ful cities on the planet and, what­ever hap­pens po­lit­i­cally in the fu­ture, that spirit isn’t go­ing any­where.’

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