Luis Bustamante: New Prespectives

By Ana Domínguez-Siemens, Gabriela Garza & Zélika García
ACC Publishing • $80

Which came first? Luis Bustamante’s passion for art or his stylish eye for displaying it?

It began when the acclaimed Spanish interior designer was a small boy in Madrid, and his father took him by the hand to see the paintings at the city’s Museo del Prado. It blossomed when he was a painter and sculptor. And now he has merged his love for art and his talent for design into a refined and sophisticated style sought after by art collectors around the world.

Aspen, Colorado | Interior Design by Luis Bustamante

His new book, with 188 color images, shows his latest projects in London, Miami, Madrid, Aspen, Mexico City, Barcelona, the Hamptons and St. Moritz, among other glamorous places. His gift is displaying a painting, photograph or sculpture in the dramatic frame of a room.

“When there’s art involved in a project, I try to work the other way around. I create a canvas to display the art,” he notes. The interior design becomes living art.

“I was always interested in fine arts, and designing interiors was a hobby for me until one day I helped some friends with their house renovation and I thought I could do this for a living,” he says. “It’s great to work in your passion.”

He wants his designs to be timeless. “I give a lot of importance to balance, light and textures,” he notes. Or, to say it once more with feeling in passionate Spanish: balance de los espacios, las texturas y la luz.

Comparing Spanish interior design to American or British style, he notes, “In Spain, we have an eclectic style because of the history of our country.”

Does Bustamante display art in his own home? “I am a collector,” he says. “But I have a very modest collection. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep any of my own works. I sold every painting and sculpture. It’s such a shame.”

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