Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Ideal Homes & Art -

Back­ground: De­sign al­lowed the 49-year- old Bri­tish dec­o­ra­tor’s dream of liv­ing in Los An­ge­les to come true. With an opera singer fa­ther who toured the globe with his fam­ily, he grew up in a the­atri­cal house­hold where he was ex­posed to dif­fer­ent forms of aes­thetic ex­pres­sion, which would even­tu­ally be in­ter­preted in his in­te­ri­ors. A de­sign buff as a child, he was scour­ing the flea mar­kets for an­tiques as early as the age of 12, which he later con­tin­ued in LA while act­ing in bit parts here and there. As fate would have it, the pro­ducer of Ed Wood’s I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, in which he was per­form­ing, asked him to dec­o­rate the of­fices of Hol­ly­wood Film Works af­ter hav­ing vis­ited his colo­nial-style house adorned with ob­jects from the lo­cal flea mar­kets. He ac­cepted, think­ing he could score an­other act­ing job out of it. The day it was com­pleted, Liz Heller, the then ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of Capi­tol Records asked him to dec­o­rate the iconic Capi­tol Build­ing. Style: De­fined by an eclec­tic ap­proach, he seeks a com­mon thread in colour, form or beauty among pieces from dif­fer­ent cen­turies, al­ways work­ing with his clients to cre­ate their dream in­te­ri­ors that will re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties. Projects: Named one of the world’s top 100 in­te­rior de­sign­ers by Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest, his client list reads like a who’s who of the Hol­ly­wood, mu­sic and fash­ion in­dus­tries: Sigour­ney Weaver, Ed­ward Nor­ton and Eva Mendes, to name a few. Al­though best known for his high-end res­i­den­tial projects, he has also de­signed the Colony Palms Ho­tel in Palm Springs, Jimmy Choo stores world­wide, Chateau Gutsch Ho­tel in Switzer­land, The Raleigh Ho­tel in Mi­ami, the Cal­i­for­nian Ho­tel in Santa Bar­bara as well as the Four Sea­sons Res­i­dences in Los An­ge­les. www. mar­tyn­lawrence­

“Mod­ern lux­ury to me means com­fort. It doesn’t mean how big your home is or how much money you spend on your in­te­ri­ors. It’s all about how com­fort­able you make it. We all work so hard, so our homes must be our sanc­tu­ar­ies.”

Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard re­vamped the grand Swiss Chateau Gutsch (fac­ing page) into a luxe ho­tel fit for a king.

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