At Chateau Gutsch in Lucerne, the Gütsch bar—or Ancestor Bar as Bullard prefers to call it—was hung in his Adras Ikat wallpaper for Schumacher, upon which he grouped antique oil paintings from the hotel’s original collection. The ceiling was gold-leafed to reflect the sparkling city lights at night while the windows that surround the bar look out to spectacular lake views.
In a detail of the Gutsch Bar, or Ancestor Bar, as Bullard calls it, local gentry are hung together over a cocktail table setting. The portraits date from the mid-sixteenth century through the late nineteenth century.
Coachella, from Martyn Lawrence Bullard's second collection for The Rug Company, was inspired by Palm Springs, where he has a home.
Bullard planked a living room in golden French oak and added huge metal-framed French windows to both ends. The eighteenth-century fireplace is Belgian, and the Berber rug was hand woven for the space. The coffee table is cordovan steel, and the side tables are antiques from India. A Jean Cocteau sketch and Pablo Picasso drawing lean on the mantel.
South Ridge Pink, from Bullard's collection for The Rug Company.
In a Mediterranean-style home in Malibu, the master bathroom was created from the facade of a Rajasthani palace. The copper bathtub is from Waterworks, and the wallpaper is by Rose Tarlow. The giant glass Hundi lanterns were custom blown for the space. An African headrest is perfect for placing a drink or laying a towel by the side of the bath.
Stevie Mac, from Bullard's collection for The Rug Company, is named for Steve McQueen who had a home in Palm Springs.
In a Malibu project, entry foyer walls are painted a pale egg blue from Benjamin Moore’s historic colors, giving way to the wood-planked living room. An African child’s portrait by Lyndie Benson makes a striking statement on the paneling.
In Ellen Pompeo's Hollywood home, the Prussian blue silk velvet-covered wave chairs add a 1940s club atmosphere to the living room. The original fireplace was badly damaged, so Bullard created a new one in bold basalt, based on a seventeenth-century Tuscan design.
L.A. designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard will be in Dallas Tuesday-Wednesday, October 8-9, as part of Texas Design week Dallas.
"Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design and Decoration" (Rizzoli)
After a sensational summer expedition that took him from Oklahoma to Madrid to Tangier to London to the South of France, Los Angeles designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who is perennially on the Architectural Digest AD100 and Elle Decor A List, is back to business and travels to Dallas October 8-9 for Texas Design Week.
This isn’t Bullard’s first time at the rodeo. He occasionally comes to DFW to visit friends, shop showrooms in the Dallas Design District, and satisfy his secret love of barbecue. This time he’ll serve as master of ceremonies for the annual PaperCity Design Awards on Wednesday, October 9 at The Joule, as well as make an appearance for a talk and book signing at The Rug Company on Tuesday, October 8.
Bullard launched a collection for The Rug Company earlier this year, drawing inspiration from Palm Springs, where he owns a historic home and spends many weekends. “I’ve become very inspired by the mid-century architecture and a lot of the decorative details there, even the iconic fencing,” he says. “There’s an eccentric Palm Springs feel that translates really well to rugs.”
Bullard, who has two books and a dozen product lines, has a client list that includes Sir Elton John, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger, Eva Mendes, Patti LaBelle, Ed Norton, Kid Rock, and. . . Khloe, Kourtney and Kylie.
Most recent acquisition. I bought a Gabriella Crespi lamp that’s brass and bamboo while in London last week.
Last book you read. Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret. It’s the most amazing book about her life, which is quite scandalous in a way — growing up as a princess and becoming this wild child of the royal family.
Favorite hotel. Currently Villa Treville in Positano. It used to be Franco Zeffirelli’s home and was recently made into a beautiful boutique hotel.
In another life. If I wasn’t an interior decorator, I’d be a pop star.
Collecting. I collect photography. I have everything from the 1930s to works from last week. You can get amazing photography quite reasonably and formulate a strong collection from it.
Most treasured possession. My grandmother’s cross. It’s 18th-century silver inlaid with ebony, and I believe it was her mother’s before.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard will appear in Dallas for an illustrated talk and book signing at The Rug Company Tuesday, October 8, 4 to 6 pm, and as master of ceremonies at the PaperCity Design Awards Wednesday, October 9, at The Joule hotel. To purchase tickets to Texas Design Week Dallas and attend this event, go to texasdesignweek.com.