there has been such an amazing response to part 1 of the MDS Interview with Bruce Budd, I’m sure you are all anxious for part 2- Bruce Budd’s favorite things! before we get to that i want to share a little more with you about the brilliant bruce budd.
For well over a decade Bruce designed and decorated interiors for only two clients, at their request- the billionaire philanthropists and collectors Paul and Bunny Mellon.
Paul Mellon, often called the greatest art collector of the 20th century, gave us the extraordinary East Wing of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, the I.M. Pei-designed addition to the museum (itself a gift from Andrew Mellon, Paul’s father) and Yale’s distinguished Center for British Art, designed by Louis Kahn and recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful museums (and where our Bruce created the celebrated Founders Room). Among Paul Mellon’s many staggering gifts to our nation (and to environmental conservation, I might add) are Cape Hatteras and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Bunny Mellon, the legendary tastemaker most recently dubbed “The Last Empress” by the New York Times, is herself celebrated for her contributions to design- gardens especially, most notably the Rose Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the White House.
Over the years she worked with such stellar decorators as Syrie Maugham, John Fowler and Billy Baldwin. When Bruce Budd began working with the Mellons, the couple spent their time among eight magnificent residences around the world (with 350 people on staff, no less) from New York and Paris to the West Indies and Virginia, home to Oak Spring, their legendary 4,000-acre estate.
About two years ago, after numerous inquiries about his availability, Bruce decided to take on new commissions and clients; he was Bunny Mellon’s last decorator. Among Bruce’s recent projects, is a beach house on Long Island’s East End, a major “cottage” in Southampton, and an historic house in Houston. Any favorite projects? i ask. “They’re all my favorites,” says the busy and somewhat shy designer, laughing. We hope to see more of Bruce’s work- and soon! until then enjoy a glimpse into more of bruce budd’s world and his favorite things!
Thank you bruce for the honor and joy of this interview. like we always say, “all is happy and beautiful!”