Over the last 25 years, Bruce Makowsky’s evolution as a fine artist stems from his experience in the fashion world—his designer accessories and handbags gave him and opportunity to experiment with materials like leather and metals—and his experience in the world of property development has afforded him the opportunity to fully realize some of his artistic concepts and visions. Moreover, his familiarities in both the fashion and real estate world have given him a one-of-a-kind insight into luxury goods and the mechanics of luxury. As a property developer, alone, Makowsky is a complete anomaly. Unlike other property developers that merely stage a home, Makowsky looks at his properties like blank canvases where he can create permanent installation-based works that stay with the new buyer of the home. Not only does he build these homes from scratch—he also creates the artwork that lives inside. In the creation and creation of his property developments, Makowsky is hands on all along the way.
Luxury isn’t merely a work to describe opulence, because opulence without substance has no meaning. Nor is luxury a synonym for unimaginable comfort. Indeed, luxury is an art—the art of living well. Like Coco Chanel once said, “Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity and it is the freedom to refuse to live by habit.” True luxury is rebellious, above the status quo—it is lofty, it is life amplified by reverie, it is boundless beauty. But perhaps what makes luxury so unique is its rareness, it’s loftiness and its seductive unattainability.