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Modernism Week Keynote: Martyn Lawrence Bullard and “Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise”

February 17, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm |

$20 - $90

Gracing the cover of the new book Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter is the home of Palm Springs’ best known designer of this century, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Consistently named as a top designer in publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and the Hollywood Reporter, Martyn has also hosted and appeared on television programs in his native UK as well as in the United States. Through his eponymous design firm in Los Angeles, Martyn’s reach extends beyond his own lines of furniture, textiles and accessories in the creation of dramatic collections for luxury brands both domestically and internationally.

Appearing as Modernism Week’s Keynote Speaker, Martyn will share what it is like to design homes for his celebrity clientele including the Kardashians, Cher and Tommy Hilfiger. Learn more about how Martyn is inspired by Palm Springs and how he went about the gut renovation of Villa Grigio, his 1963 hideaway by architect James McNaughton.

Immediately following the Keynote Presentation, Martyn will join a panel discussion with photographer and author Tim Street-Porter and designer Darren Brown whose work is highlighted in Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise. Mayer Rus, writer, editor and contributor to Architectural Digest, moderates. Trina Turk, noted fashion designer who wrote the foreword of the book, will emcee this event. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear the personal stories of top design personalities whose work optimizes the Palm Springs lifestyle.

A limited number of books is available for pre-purchase, which includes one seat in the Preferred Section. Guests with pre-purchased books will be granted front-of-the-line access to the book signing which follows the presentations at 4:30pm.

More about Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise, by Tim Street-Porter and foreword by Trina Turk:

General Admission $20
Preferred Seating $35
Book + 1 Preferred Seat $90

Paying homage to the seminal midcentury modern architecture of Palm Springs, this luxurious book showcases historic jet-set homes designed by legendary talents such as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Paul Williams, as well as private residences by today’s leading tastemakers. Architecture and design photographer Tim Street-Porter has authored and photographed many books, including L.A. Modern. Published by Rizzoli.


February 17, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$20 - $90
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All ages.
Photography Credits
Deborah Anderson, Tim Street-Porter,


Modernism Week


Richards Center for the Arts, Palm Springs High School
2248 Ramon Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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