The Masculine Chic Style of Luis Bustamante

A few weeks ago while at Market, I stumbled across a new book by one of my favorite interior designers, Luis Bustamante. His first book, Luis Bustamante: Interiors is among my favorites as his work is classic, polished, and endlessly inspiring. His new book, Luis Bustamante: New Perspectives is just a good and is filled with ultra-chic interiors spanning from Madrid to Mexico City and California. Bustamante started his career in the 1980s as a sculptor and painter after studying fine arts at the Universidad Compultense de Madrid. He went on to exhibit in Madrid’s political capitol of Madrid and its artistic capitol of Barcelona. Bustamante eventually moved to Barcelona and finding himself intrigued by interior design, he opted for a career change. Eventually, he moved to Mexico where he lived for 5 years, cementing his reputation as a formidable international designer.In the year 2000, Bustamante found his way back to his hometown of Madrid and established the design studio which serves as the headquarters for his business.

Bustamante has completed both residential and commercial projects throughout the world. Think high-profile destinations such as New York, London, Miami, Spain, and Mexico. Bustamante’s work reflects his classical sensibilities. His spaces orbit around a perfect sense of symmetry and are imbued by Roman and Greek motifs—think striking sculptures, marble columns and plenty of Greek key. While Bustamante’s work is decidedly more formal and classical than what I typically gravitate towards, I was struck by the sheer perfection of his portfolio. Every space is just so fine. You can tell he uses the finest materials and every detail is attended to with the most precise perfection. The projects from the new book aren’t currently on Bustamante’s website, so I thought it might be nice to revisit his apartment in Madrid which was featured in ELLE DECOR several years ago, but still feels completely fresh. 

{Order your Copy of Luis Bustamante’s New Perspectives (English Edition) Here.

{Photography by Ricardo Labougle for ELLE DECOR}

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  1. Beautiful! I have long admired Spanish designers choice of artwork for their homes. It’s such a timeless look. I’d love to see more of his work. Thanks Paloma!