PRINCE OF PANACHE

What do Sir El­ton John, Cher and Eva Men­des have in com­mon? Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard, a US-based in­te­rior de­signer. Here’s a peek into his new LA store.

India Today - - THIS & THAT - By RIDHI KALE

Can eclec­tic be stylish? Can eth­nic pieces sit pretty in a con­tem­po­rary en­vi­ron­ment? Can mod­ern lux­ury mean com­fort? Ac­cord­ing to Lon­don-born, Los An­ge­lesres­i­dent, Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard, the an­swer to all these ques­tions is a re­sound­ing yes. For those not in the know, Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters pay 50-year-old Bullard a for­tune to dec­o­rate their homes. In fact, he is cur­rently work­ing on both Ken­dall and Kylie Jen­ner’s homes and putting the fin­ish­ing touches on ac­tor Melissa Rivers, su­per model Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and ac­tor (from

Grey’s Anatomy) Ellen Pom­peo’s habi­tats. He also works on com­mer­cial projects. “I’m com­plet­ing my big­gest ho­tel project yet—the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia in Santa Bar­bara that will open this sum­mer. I

am also work­ing on a bou­tique ho­tel in Hol­ly­wood where no two rooms will be alike,” says Bullard. The good news is that Bullard has re­cently un­veiled his show­room, Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard Ate­lier be­low his renowned de­sign stu­dio on Mel­rose Av­enue, LA.

WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT

“I de­cided to open the store as a brand ex­ten­sion of not only my de­sign stu­dio, but also as a win­dow into my world, the first space that would show all my prod­uct lines to­gether, giv­ing a true pic­ture of my aes­thetic and de­sign in­spi­ra­tions,” says Bullard. The in­te­rior de­signer waited decades to open his store. “I have been thinking about a show­room for a long time. When the shop be­low my of­fices be­came avail­able it seemed like not only the per­fect spot, but also the right time to do this,” he ex­plains.

WHAT’S IN STORE

The store has on dis­play Bullard’s fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion with many new fin­ishes and up­hol­stery op­tions, along­side vin­tage de­signer items that he has col­lected and care­fully vet­ted. “My porce­lain col­lec­tions, glass­ware, home fra­grances and jew­ellery will be set against my wall­pa­pers and fab­rics which dec­o­rate the space as I would a home,” he says. Light­ing he de­signed in Venice is hung from the ceil­ing along­side 1960s and 70s Mu­rano glass pieces. You can also get your hands on ex­clu­sive pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tions by Cheyenne Ran­dall, Greg Lo­tus and Gino Sul­li­van.

Fur­nish­ings (above) and fur­ni­ture (left) at the Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard Ate­lier in LA

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