One of my birthday gifts at the recent High Point Market was alone time with Martyn Lawrence Bullard. We spent about 20 minutes together down in the cellar of Market Square and Martyn toured me through his new collection with Corbett Lighting which includes 25 styles interpreted as chandeliers, pendants, and sconces. “I don’t want to be trapped in a look, vibe, feeling,” says Martyn whose inspiration is largely culled from decorative arts, industry, and fashion from the 40’s through the early 80’s.
There are several materials in the collection, a variety of metals like bronze, copper and brass, along with rattan, Venetian glass, and acacia wood. Brass plays a major role, its warm, hip and timeless finish appears that it has lived and aged well in a French cafe. Scale is also important, and the fixtures come in an impressive variety of sizes that can suit all sorts of spaces. The large Melrose, measuring 32.5 H, feels like it might have been salvaged from an art deco bank building.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is not a High Point Market regular, and he told me that he was enjoying his time immensely. Part of the joy was viewing the majority of the collection for the first time in one place; the other aspect was fraternizing with designers and retailers. He called the experience amazing and then in his warm and sassy Martyn manner said, “It’s almost better than getting a check.”
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