Dr. Maximilian Buston
I have over 10 years of design experience, most recently as Studio Director for the leading light of the design world, Anouska Hempel. Her mastery of architecture and drama, alongside a non-stop energy to carry out even the most ambitious of designs, is something that will never leave me. There was never a day without inspiration and we were constantly travelling, from the Far East, Europe to North America.
Now running my own studio, I am pleased to offer a colourful sense of decoration, with a strong feeling for architecture and drama. I work across residential, commercial and hospitality design. My style has a foundation in tradition, symmetry and proportion, coupled with a modern rich atmosphere that plays with layering and light.
I recently completed my doctorate in archaeology at the University of Oxford. My work was about rethinking the typological method: the division of objects through their variation of style. I created a new typology showing the stylistic evolution of 10,000 fibulae (or brooches) from the Eastern Mediterranean. Whilst seemingly different to interior design, I think it portrays my strong desire to create order and harmony during my work. The organisation required for 10,000 objects is not too dissimilar to procuring 1,500 pieces of furniture for a hotel!
One of the most important aspects of design is seeing it through to completion. Either working with an architect or contractor, my task is akin to conducting an orchestra: the builders, specialist painters, curtain makers, to provide an exceptional finish to residential and hospitality projects. This part of design is one I find most enjoyable.