Meet the interior designer whose clients include the Kardashians, Elton John and Cher
“I want to be a dream maker. I want to create decorative fantasies for the client,” says Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
The award-winning interior designer to the stars has built his career over the past 30 years, helping design the homes of Hollywood’s rich and famous. Now it’s time for him to celebrate.
Last month, Pollard released his latest book, Star Stylewhich features never-before-seen photos of the homes of some of his biggest clients, including the Kardashians, Gwen Stefani, and Cher, who wrote the book’s foreword.
“In my book, you’ll see that there are many different interiors, from an 18th-century Irish restoration to a disco apartment, to a tropical house in Palm Beach for Tommy Hilfiger, to a luxurious Art Deco-inspired Los Angeles pad for supermodel Winnie Harlow,” Pollard says Welfare magazine.
“It’s a little bit of everything, but it’s about reflecting the personality of the customer. Sure, that makes it more challenging, but I think it makes it more exciting because you’re constantly challenged, you’re always having to be creative, and you’re constantly digging deep into your own resources.” To be creative.
Later in the book, we delve into the homes of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters.
“We have the three different personalities of Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, which shows how this family lives and loves design, but they all have their own personalities, which is what sets them apart,” Pollard explains.
“They all have an individual style and taste. They all want their homes to be very comfortable, a safe place, a haven because of how public their lives are. But they also all want their homes to be family homes. All the girls are entertaining each other all the time, so every A home to be part of that experience. Yes, they all have screening rooms and magic rooms and all that wonderful stuff, but they are all used daily.
From humble beginnings in London with aspirations to become an actor, Pollard moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. He found his calling, but it wasn’t where he expected. While acting in a small role, he befriended a Hollywood producer, who invited him to dinner.
At the time, Pollard was living in rented accommodation, built by Charlie Chaplin. He had always had a passion for furniture, antiques and design, but never realized its potential as a career, until his new producer friend asked him if he would redesign his offices.
“Even though I didn’t know what I was doing, I did it thinking, ‘Maybe they’ll put me in another movie,'” Pollard says. “The truth is that actually, the day (their desks) were finished, the president of Capitol Records saw him and said, ‘This is amazing.’ Can you come and do my desks, too?”
“I ended up working for her for a while, and she introduced me to a woman named Cheryl Tiegs, an American icon — she was the first model to make a million dollars in the 1970s — and she hired me on the spot to do her own house. I had no staff, no portfolio, no experience.” But it worked! Within nine months, we had appeared on the covers of six magazines around the world, and my career was born.
Pollard was catapulted into the celebrity circle as heavyweights in film, music and entertainment knocked on his door, all desperate to bring their dream homes to life.
“Because (Tiegs) was a celebrity, I think other celebrities noticed, and before I knew it, I had Edward Norton and Christina Aguilera and all these other celebrities hiring me, and it only took a few years for me to start working for people like Cher and Elton John and all “The Kardashians. It’s been an amazing journey.”
When you’re designing homes for some of the biggest names in the world, there will undoubtedly be challenges, but Pollard’s approach ensures that no two homes are ever the same, and that keeps his clients coming back.
He doesn’t claim to have a specific style, but instead wants every home to be a complete reflection of its owner, so he sees all of his projects as collaborations. “For me, one of the wonderful things is all these extraordinary people I have worked with and met; they inspire me as much as they have inspired me, and it is a reciprocal process,” he says.
His client list is one of the most impressive in the industry, but his success so far hasn’t stopped him from wanting more. As he reaches the 30th anniversary of his career, he believes there is still a lot to come, and each client brings him as much joy as the last.
“I’m very lucky to be working with two of my favorite stars right now, one of which is Sylvester Stallone.” “I had no idea that Sylvester Stallone would have such a major art collection – Picassos, Banks, even Rashid Johnson – his collection is huge and wide-ranging, so I designed a home around this amazing art collection, and it is truly amazing.”
Pollard entered the growing industry in the Middle East, designing homes for royals throughout the region.
“People in the Middle East really love design, they want to be adventurous, and there is a lot of new and exciting energy coming from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE; it is very exciting for designers to work in the Middle East where there is a lot of passion for design and a lot of development that It happens very quickly.
As the interior design and decoration industry booms, we will no doubt see more of Pollard’s vibrant personality and inspiring designs in our region, but until then, the colorful pages of his book will give us an insight into some of the world’s most stylish and inspiring designs. Celebrity homes.
Updated: November 12, 2023 at 4:02 am