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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim.
Martyn’s most recent accolade is the Hotel Californian: a new luxury destination born on the ‘American Riviera’, a tribute to the glamorous new era emerging in downtown Santa Barbara, which Martyn has designed with Mediterranean influences and sultry and intricate Moroccan details.
A blend of luxury, nostalgia and accessibility, Hotel Californian’s striking Spanish Colonial Revival architecture stands a stone’s throw away from the beach. Martyn has curated an inviting and modern interior that responds to the unique style and character of Santa Barbara.
Martyn has also designed the hotel’s two restaurants and spa. Martyn’s inviting and striking Mediterranean design for Blackbird - the hotel’s signature restaurant - complements the restaurant’s locally-sourced menu.
The hotel’s more casual dining option, the Goat Tree Café has been designed in harmony with its relaxed and social atmosphere. In taking the natural light into consideration and in keeping with a Mediterranean influence, Martyn creates a stunning scene, whereby the light perfectly glistens over the marble table and counter tops.
The hotel’s Spa Marjorelle has been named after a distinctly Moroccan blue found in the traditional tiles, windows, and doorways of Marrakech, which evokes a sense of active tranquillity. The use of this blue in abundance creates a tranquil spa and this serenity is enhanced by the Moorish chandeliers.
The consummate multi-hyphenate designer and tastemaker, Martyn Lawrence Bullard has been widely acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic as he curates sophisticated and inviting interiors for Hollywood A-listers and global glitterati. Martyn’s impressive mastery of a broad range of styles, paired with his unrivaled attention to detail and commitment to quality has earned him significant international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4,000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, ELLE Décor, House & Garden, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. His most recent cover of Architectural Digest, featuring the homes of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, was one of the publication’s best-selling issues of all time.
Martyn’s A-list clientele include Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few. Beyond his exquisite residential portfolio, Martyn has also overseen the design of several premier hospitality properties 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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