Meet Martyn Bullard, The World Renowned Designer Featured in AD100!

Let’s get to know Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a special name from AD100 list!

Consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by AD100, it’s already a name that you are used to seeing in Architectural Digest. Come with us to get the closest look at Martyn Lawrence Bullard life and work!


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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles-based interior designer, renowned for his broad range of styles. Born in Lewisham, London, Martyn began his career in design while in his teens.

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Trained as an actor, Martyn Bullard changed paths when the producer of a film he was working on visited his home and loved the young actor’s style so much he requested Bullard to make the design of his own house. More Hollywood commissions followed making Martyn one of the best interior designers in the world.

Known for his commitment to quality, he travels the globe to source the most beautiful objects and continues to draw upon these inspiration-filled experiences as well as his penchant for studying and collecting both vintage decorative arts and pedigreed antiques.

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“I always visit my clients in their homes before beginning a project – to understand the way they currently live, what they like about their decor and what they really want as their dream home. I instruct them to pull pictures from magazines, even if it’s just a door handle, and slowly we build up a jigsaw puzzle with their pieces. It’s my job to fit them all together and fill in the blanks with decorating magic.” – Martyn Bullard

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is celebrated for his attention to detail, adventurous use of color and texture and strong command of proportion and scale, a deft hand with color and pattern, and an exuberantly global sensibility. His design inspirations are similarly catholic, embracing Italian ­theater- and film-set designer Renzo Mongiardino, English modernist David Hicks, and Hollywood Regency legends. Martyn amazing A-list clientele includes the Kardashians (Khloe and Kourtney), Tommy Hilfiger, Ellen Pompeo and Elton John, just to name a few.

See some of his work…

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“The one rule I’ve always stuck to is to be honest. There’s no point in creating a decorative scheme on or around something you don’t believe in. To be a straight shooter is always the best policy. Then you know where you stand and can create something beautiful together.”    – Martyn Bullard

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Martyn Bullard has also overseen the design of several premier hospitality properties. From Los Angeles to Paris, he has created luxurious and memorable homes, hotels and restaurants around the world, including the iconic Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, Chateau Gütsch in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Chef Rick Bayless’s flagship Red O restaurant; he is currently overseeing hotel designs in Santa Barbara, Istanbul, and Miami Beach, along with the Four Seasons Residences in Los Angeles.

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His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide. His book, ‘Live, Love, & Decorate,’ shows his world of dramatic spaces and exquisite detail. Beyond the notoriety of his design firm, Martyn is also known for his fabulous line of products including furniture, fragrances, flooring, and fabric. He has expanded his aesthetic world to China (for Haviland), carpets (for The Rug Company), and even mattresses (for Custom Comfort).

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“A house is like a face if you’ve got good bone structure to begin with, you need a little bit of makeup. If you don’t, you need plastic surgery.” – Martyn Bullard

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“My style is always eclectic. I never love one thing, I love many things. I never have a favorite period or design because I believe that would corner my creative mind. It’s all in the mix anyway. Eclectic, yet able to edit and streamline. That’s my style !” – Martyn Bullard


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