MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD OPENS HIS FIRST SHOWROOM

One of DrapeStyle’s favorite designers is opening his first showroom today and we couldn’t be happier!

Legends returns to La Cienega Design Quarter next week and, ahead of the yearly fair’s festivities, London-born, Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is swinging open the doors to his inaugural showroom.

The space, located at 8550 Melrose Avenue, below his existing office, is defined by an array of special objects, items and collections: photography curated in tandem with L.A.’s own Fahey Klein Gallery; Bullard’s Schumacher-licensed fabric and wallpapers and porcelain from his Haviland Limoges collection; exclusively represented lines, like new textiles by Palm Springs fashion designer Candice Held, and more.

It’s a space that’s reflective of L.A.’s unique design culture. What’s trending there now? “I think a great development in design here is the embracing of wallpaper again,” says Bullard. “The trend has been building for the last couple of years but is really in full swing now. I myself have an entire section of my Atelier devoted to this. I think it’s a really exciting horizon and allows us designers as well as clients and design enthusiasts to really break their comfort zones and create magical spaces.”

“I have used wallpapers to define the spaces, mixing and matching patterns as I do in my interiors and highlighting the ceiling with silver foil paper that adds great drama to the space.”

Serving as home to limited-edition artwork, photography, custom furniture, lighting, rugs, tabletop, silver, crystal and jewelry, as well as a gallery outfitted with screen-printed textiles and wallpapers, the showroom is designed to appeal to interior designers and Bullard’s design clients alike, “to see fabrics, furniture, and accessories that I would use in their own interiors or build schemes around,” says the designer.

“The space was designed to really maximize exposing my collections, but in a way that feels like a true interior,” explains Bullard, who will host book signings of his Design & Decoration and open houses on May 10 and 11 during Legends.

Visitors will also notice the eye-popping colors for which the designer, and his adopted city, are both known: “Los Angeles is always the first to embrace color. The light in California allows us to really experiment with colors and patterns. The tropical flavor so embodied in fashion this season is on fire in the interior world, with banana leaves and toucans over flowers and palms, such a fun revival from the heyday of Hollywood and the fearless decorators of the 1940s and 1950s hipster scene.”

 

The space was crafted with residential clients and designers in mind. Furniture from Bullard’s line was scaled for the showroom specifically “to create a more residential experience,” while the lighting incorporates chandeliers, as opposed to a spotlights-only design, in order to “show how the lighting pieces would feel in a home.” Designers are invited to meet with clients at the space’s bar area, located at the back fabric and wallpaper gallery.

Originally published on May 3, 2017; The Editor at Large by Katy B. Olson

Customizing your window treatments is easy. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s fabrics are available at DrapeStyle. Visit www.DrapeStyle.com or contact us for more information.


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Happy National Button Day!

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National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby. This is a celebration day for all button collectors, skilled and novice.

The appeal of buttons is clear. They come in every shape, color and style, from pearly white shirt buttons, to ornate Victorian affairs, to cute fastenings shaped like insects and animals. Any outfit can be updated by adding the right buttons, and sewing them on is one of the easiest types of needlework to learn. And they don’t just belong near buttonholes, either. Clusters of buttons can be used to decorate almost everything, and even on their own in jars they are delightful to handle, play with and admire. Some collect them, but most just lose them. Regardless, nearly everyone seems to love them, or at least regard them with fascination.

In case you may be thinking that buttons do not deserve their own holiday, try to imagine what life would be like without them. Sure, we have zippers and velcro, but could you imagine velcro down the front of your elegant blouse? Of course not!

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In medieval Europe, garments were laced together or fastened with brooches or clasps and points, until buttonholes were invented in the 13th century. Then buttons became so prominent that in some places sumptuary laws were passed putting limits on their use.

By the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist. The wearing of gold, silver, and ivory buttons was an indication of wealth and rank. Expensive buttons were also made of copper and its alloys. The metalsmith frequently embellished such buttons with insets of ivory, tortoiseshell, and jewels. More commonly, buttons were made of bone or wood. Button forms of these materials were also used as foundations for fabric-covered buttons. Thread buttons were made by wrapping the thread over a wire ring.

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In the 18th century luxury metals and ivory largely replaced fabric, although embroidered buttons in designs to complement particular garments were popular. Pewter, the familiar metal of the age, was used to make molded or stamped-out buttons, but these were scorned by the wealthy. Cast brass buttons, particularly calamine brass, with ornamental and distinguishing designs, also became popular on both military and civilian dress.

In the middle of the 18th century, Matthew Boulton, the English manufacturer and partner of James Watt, introduced the bright, costly, cut-steel button, which was made by attaching polished steel facets to a steel blank. In France the facets of the cut-steel button were elaborated by openwork designs. During the first quarter of the 19th century, a less costly stamped steel button was made in an openwork pattern. Brass buttons that were gilded by dipping in an amalgam of mercury and gold also became popular.

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The two-shell metal button was introduced about the same time as the stamped-steel type by B. Sanders, a Danish manufacturer in England. The two shells, thin metal disks enclosing a small piece of cloth or pasteboard, were crimped together on the edges. Sanders also originated the canvas shank. By 1830 fabric-covered buttons were being made mechanically. Also coming into use were animal horns and hoofs, which could be made malleable by heating and then could be cut, dyed, and molded.

Buttons were also made of ceramics and glass. Porcelain buttons became a French specialty; they were decorated by hand painting or by transfer printing designs using colored inks. Bohemia, in the present-day Czech Republic, produced most of the colored glass used in button manufacture.

In Japan, ceramic buttons, hand painted in traditional motifs, were developed. Buttons with an intricately carved thickness of vermilion lacquer on a wooden base became a Chinese specialty, and decorated and lacquered papier-mâché buttons became popular in Europe in the late 1800s.

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The use of the pearly shells of sea mollusks in button making increased with the mechanization of production. Shell was separated into its component layers by treatment with a nitric acid solution, and blanks were cut out by tubular saws. Holes were bored in the blanks for sewing, and an engraved decoration was mechanically applied. At first only seashell was used, but in the 1890’s the American manufacturer John F. Boepple began to use the less iridescent but abundant freshwater mussel shells found along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

In the 20th century, buttons became primarily utilitarian, not decorative, and in many applications were supplanted by the zipper. Buttons began to be made of plastics such as cellulose, polystyrene, and polyvinyl resins; designs tended to be abstract or geometric. Mass-production machines produce molded buttons either by compressing powdered plastics or by injection—forcing liquid plastic into individual molds through small openings.

Some old buttons are considered valuable and are collected for their art and workmanship. The place, date, and name of the maker are usually marked on their backs.

Originally published by: ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

www.britannica.com/topic/button-clothing-accessory

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