Martyn Lawrence Bullard
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. martynlawrencebullard.com
“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.