Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Mary McDonald are inspired by India for a new design collection.

on Nov 26, 20120

The majesty and the markets!

I've always been so attracted to the mystical exoticism of India. Its allure sparkles, drawing me in like a magpie to a shiny object, so when I was offered to go to Rajasthan and design a holiday collection for the booming home design site OneKingsLane.com, I jumped at the opportunity, turban in hand!

My entire life, I have loved to travel the world, allowing all my experiences to color my imagination and inspire my work. India had always somehow eluded me, and twice before I had cancelled trips for some dramatic reason or other. The very idea of traveling to this magical country, home of fierce looking Maharajahs, resplendent in emeralds the size of ducks eggs and walled cities that glow pink in the dusty light of sunset excites me to no end.

To accompany me on this designing adventure was my dear friend and designing diva Mary McDonald, along with, of course, our ever present companions of the moment: the six-strong Bravo TV camera crew to document our every move and experience.

After a long but well lubricated flight on British Airways (cocooned most happily in the very cozy first-class cabin), we landed in Delhi to strange and wondrous sounds of a stirring city as the sun began to rise upon it. Whisked through the streets towards our grand colonial manse of a hotel, I could not contain my excitement and wonder of all the places we would see, and the shopping splendors my American Express would get to witness!

Indeed, our stay in Delhi, all but brief, opened my eyes to the enormous wealth of craftsmanship that India has to offer. From the expert tailor lodged in our hotel lobby (who managed to copy my ridiculously expensive Italian sports coat in 24 hours at a tenth of the original cost) to the Indian Market place, a well-organized souk on the outskirts of the old city where spices, saris, statues, and snake charmers all blend together to excite the eye and empty your wallets!

5 comments
gobyair
gobyair

What a pretentious prig Martyn is!  His "world travels" must have been from limo to luxury hotel in each city.  To have thought Jaipur was going to be a "sparkling, pink city" is laughable and shows his lack of knowledge  (or should I call it what it is-ignorance)  of other cultures and countries.  He does fascinate me, though, with his posturing and posing.  I don't know whether it's laughable or pathetic.

faunagirl
faunagirl

Pamelaq, you must be joking.  I find Martyn to be a breath of fresh air, and the main reason I love this show.  He is obviously passionate about interior design and life in general; he is extraordinarily talented; and most of all, he is a gentleman.  I look forward to the rest of season 2 and more Martyn!

Ramons
Ramons

I thought MLB was the right combo of over the top, but self aware, comedic caricature of his serious and silly self. India is a long trip to take on many levels, if you can't balance out, the place can take you down the rabbit hole. Only the second time I have watched the show( a decorator told me I would like it...) and I think they are all hilarious in their own ways....

pamelaq
pamelaq

Where do I start.... Sometimes in life there is a person that makes your skin crawl. Well for me it is Martyn Lawrence Bullard. His voice his face his mouth shape EVERYTHING about him is like nails on a chalk board to me. YUCK YUCK YUCK! I will no longer watch this show because I can't stand to even hear his condescending Fake act he puts on. That's all I have for now.