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MDS INTERVIEWS
BRUCE BUDD CONTINUED
Part 2

MDS- Currently, what is your favorite Color?

BB- Most shades of blue, many shades of white; pale gray; citron.

Bird’s-eye view of Bruce Budd’s third-floor terrace, just off his bedroom: blue-and-white striped rug, flowering fruit trees and clipped boxwood create a glamorous refuge. Fortuny print on cushions. 

Bruce Budd’s decorator show house room, with Budd-designed steel bed and Houdon terra cotta bust. House Beautiful cover 

Yale’s distinguished Center for British Art Founders room created by bruce.

 

MDS- What is your favorite Book?

BB- “Call Me by Your Name” , by Andre Aciman, and I recently started Matthew Parker’s “The Sugar Barons”.

 

 

 

MDS- What is your favorite restaurant?

BB- Da Fiore, Venice. The food’s superb, but the walk home is sublime.

Da Fiore Restaurant, Venice 

 

MDS- What is your favorite accessory?

BB- My iPhone, though I sometimes leave home without it; you have to. And my Schlumberger cuff links. They were Jean Schlumberger’s own, his favorite pair, and he left them to Bunny Mellon, his great friend and patron. Mrs. Mellon gave them to me many years ago with the loveliest note attached. Actually, I prefer the note to those two little gold nuggets – though they are, truly, small splendors.

Pot de Fleur” by Jean Schlumberger. A modest terracotta pot ornamented with gold and square-cut emeralds, diamonds, garnets and a sapphire. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Paul Mellon. 

 

MDS- What is your favorite gift to give or receive?

BB- Books, with chocolate a close second.

Budd designed floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the hallway leading to his dressing room and bath. 

 

MDS- What is your favorite flower?

BB- Lily of the valley (late spring); peonies (summer); tulips (winter).

Peonies in Bruce’s bath, with architectural drawings and prints hung floor to ceiling 

 

MDS- What is your favorite artist?

BB- Just one? Let’s see: Goya, Freud, Twombly and Johns. Turner, of course – and Matisse. Shall I keep going?

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes – The Countess of Chinchón 

Portrait of a Young Man – Lucien Freud 

 

MDS- What is your favorite Indulgence?

BB- Spending time hiking the trails at a place called Notchview, in western Massachusetts. With over 3,000 acres, Notchview was one of the last of the great Gilded Age estates in the Berkshires – and it was owned by my great-uncle. My father spent much of his life there, and his uncle gave Notchview to the Trustees of Reservations, a preservation and conservation organization, for all of us to use and enjoy. Exploring those trails today as I did with my father so many years ago brings me back to a simpler time, clears my mind, and, well, makes me appreciate a good pair of walking shoes.

Miles of groomed trails pass through these deep plantations of Norway spruce – planted in the 1930s by A.D. Budd as an experiment in forestry. 

Old back roads at Notchview 

View of the main house at Notchview, home to Arthur D. Budd and Helen Gamwell Budd, with a glimpse of the fabled terraced gardens in the foreground. 

Autumn at Notchview 

 

MDS- What is your favorite store?

BB- The Printery, Gianni Basso Stampatore.

Gianni Basso Stampatore 

 

MDS- What is your favorite vacation spot?

BB- Megeve. Years ago, friends and I took a chalet there. When we arrived, all was fogged in; it was truly terrible. I thought, well, we’ll probably be driving into Geneva for fun this week. In the morning, though, my friend and I opened the shutters to our bedroom, the sun streamed in, and there it was, in all its snow-capped beauty: Mont Blanc! That holiday turned out to be perhaps my best ever.

Mont Blanc 

 

“BRUCE BUDD CONTINUED” - 2 Comments

  1. Really enjoyed this interview and love your blog. I shared this post with my friends and customers too.

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  2. aS A FRIEND OF bRUCE, iT WAS A PLEASURE READING HIS INTERVIEW–HE IS TRULY A NICE, KIND, FUNNY, AND VERY TALENTED GUY, AS WELL AS INCREDIBLY HUMBLE AND MODEST. THANK YOU FOR PROFILING HIM!

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