Martin Brudnizki and Nick Jeanes are the definition of a match made in design heaven. Having built up an impressive client list at Martin Brudnizki Design Studio that includes the likes of Four Seasons, Caprice Holdings and The Royal Academy of Arts, we couldn’t wait to hear about the pair’s most recent and inspired project, And Objects. Launched in 2015, And Objects showcases timeless design objects that can both ‘transcend style and remain eternally useful’.
We talk to one half of the talented duo – Creative Director Nick Jeanes – who tells us why he favours bespoke items when it comes to his design schemes…
Tell us about And Objects in a nutshell. When and how was the idea conceived?
Launched in 2015, And Objects is the brain child of world renowned interior designer, Martin Brudnizki and myself. With an extensive archive of experience and over 15 years of designing products for renowned interiors between us, And Objects works in collaboration with brands, to create unique pieces for the home and interior projects. And Objects also has its own line of accessories and furniture named Other Objects.
How has your experience in interior design helped to shape the projects that you work on and the types of designs that you produce?
When designing for both residential and commercial interiors, I was continually sourcing items and found that more often than not I unable to find exactly the right piece. There were many products that I wished could be tweaked in one way or the other to suit our needs so we generally found working with bespoke items was the way forward to solve our problems.
Having the understanding of how interior designers look at products and how they will use them has helped immensely in our product development; knowing what is expected in the detailing and quality, especially the durability for commercial environments. Finally, knowledge of site works and having a good understanding of the installation process has been invaluable as this stage of a project needs to be as trouble-free and as speedy as possible.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
My phone is my complete record of inspiration, often getting overloaded with odd and obscure close ups from my everyday travels. I will be out with my wife and son on a walk and find I am catching a quick snap of a junction on a gate or some naturally patterned surface.
And Objects recently collaborated with Drummonds Bathrooms and we have been working on new additions to the range; a brassware tap range. Studying old craftsman’s tools and paying close attention to the handle shapes and ergonomic forms has been a great source of inspiration for me.
How would you describe your own interior style at home?
Home is a very eclectic, classic, modern mix, full of one-off samples from past projects and early product prototypes so it is rare if there is a matching pair or set of anything. I have also been very particular on what goes into the house and believe that a home should slowly evolve over time therefore I am happy to wait and spend a lot of time hunting for the right item or even design and make it myself. Since moving out of London we are definitely heading more in the direction of English Country style.
Do you have a favourite furniture designer? Do you have a favourite furniture design era?
A couple of years ago I came across the work of Jules Wabbes and since then have always looked at his work with great admiration. His simplistic designs are enhanced by subtle but brilliantly executed detailing. His pieces aren’t as well-known as many other design classics, but that is part of the appeal.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it be placed?
Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner & Larsen Danish Armchair. This classic Danish design still has its original beautiful upholstery that has patinated over the years showing subtle wear. I have the perfect corner space in my dining area where this would look fantastic.
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