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Right now, the world seems to be migrating toward what I'll call the democratization of ideas: we want to hear every voice in the room, consider every opinion. Since design is, by definition, subjective, my field is particularly susceptible to this trend - and I resist this. While for too long, designers pontificated and prodded, pushing their preferences on cowed clients, I'm equally wary of jumping to the other extreme. It is my job to listen but also to lead, to help define, and occasionally even re-fine my clients' tastes. It is that delicate dance which creates beauty, giving life and texture, walls, and dimensions, to what was, until then, nothing more than a vague notion, a fleeting vision,
a loosely defined dream.
Hailed as "one of the most influential young minds" in the world of international design, Anna Busta has been featured in leading art and design magazines, and her work has appeared in such prestigious publications as Wallpaper, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In 2005, following a highly celebrated stint at Starwood Hotels - where she was responsible for the W Maldives resort and the award winning W Montreal - Anna founded Busta Studio.
Busta Studio´s design philosophy is to be fresh and unconventional without an overreliance on trends that can quickly turn dated. Drawing inspiration from traditional design elements, contemporary culture and unique materials, Busta Studio creates spaces that are contemporary and chic, while offering a unique level of comfort and accessibility.
Each project gives rise to its own unique flavor, and flair.
The Kimpton´s 70 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan boasts "a fun and flirty color palette of pinks, purples, chocolate brown and metallic" while the newly redesigned lobby of The Roger in white-hot NoMad relies on jewel tones, plush seating, repurposed brick, and vintage photographs to blend modern elements with old world touches. Jumping hotels and cities, the design of the "Living Room" (think: a hipper, cozier hotel lobby) in The W South Beach is strongly influenced by art deco elements, while the adjoining Wall nightclub offers up a completely different experience, with a centerpiece vintage gold sofa inspired by Le Corbusier and a dramatic ceiling made of fine copper mesh.
Explains Anna: "We bring the same core values to each project, but we are careful to consider the client´s personal vision as well as the spirit of the space. We sometimes like to say that we listen to both the client and the room to hear what is needed."
Also important to the studio is an almost obsessive attention to detail and a holistic view of the design process: "Busta Studio leaves nothing to chance. Space planning, architectural elements and lighting design are as thoroughly considered as furniture, fabrics and colors. They all must work together."
This approach, together with high profile collaborations with fellow designer Annette Jaffe, "star-chitect" Costas Kondylis, and landscape artist Paula Hayes, have helped Studio B grow to become one of the world´s best regarded design firms - as well as one of the busiest.
Catering to residential, commercial and hospitality projects, Busta Studio has completed hotels, offices and shops for clients including TriStar Capital, RFR Holdings, Related Companies, JRK Property Holdings, KOR Viceroy, Playboy, and Sony. Current projects include the offices and recording studios of several Universal Music Group companies; the new Time Square offices for leading web music company VEVO; and private residences in New York and in Miami.