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Technicolor Spaces with Ken Fulk

Upon opening “Mr. Ken Fulks Magical World,” we are transported int the world of luxurious fabrics and vintage glamour. Award-winning designer, Fulk is known for his eclectic style and full-service design business.

by Samuel Kimball |

A portrait of Mr. Fulk. Ken's style is not only depicted in the beautiful interiors he designs, but also his unique sense of fashion and style. Here, he sports a camo-suit and an Hermes Noir belt. Photos by Douglass Friedman.  

Upon opening “Mr. Ken Fulks Magical World,” we are transported into the world of luxurious fabrics and vintage glamour. Award-winning designer, Fulk is known for his eclectic style and full-service design business. From interior design (commercial and residential) to events, and branding, to fashion, Fulk’s creative talent spans across multiple disciplines. He has completed numerous residential projects for some of the biggest names and some of the trendiest restaurants from San Francisco, Palm Springs, Sonoma, NYC, to the Luberon mountains of Southern France, to Regent’s Park in England. In the first few pages of Fulk’s book, we get a glimpse of where Fulk’s magic happens. Don’t have the book? Take a peek at his website. It acts like a visually interactive broadway show or film, with one click, the images turn from black and white, charcoal-Esque illustrations into vibrant technicolor photographs.

In the book, Fulk takes us on an Alice and Wonderland’s storybook journey through various masterpieces. We start off “Behind The Curtain” and learn of Fulk’s childhood in Virginia, where he recalls rearranging his bedroom on a seasonal basis—something many designers can likely relate to. Fulk’s style blends the old and the new ingeniously like a Hollywood film. Intricate prints and diverse art selections create life in the new spaces he shapes. Filled with paintings, an abundance of books, typewriters, artifacts, and furniture with a sense of character, Fulk’s approach to interior design relies on his appreciation for history. All of these artifacts tell a unique story and give the spaces life and style. Fulk’s interiors cultivate a museum-like experience.

THE MAGIC FACTORY

Fulk’s “Magic Factory” truly lives up to its namesake. In the early days, this building served as the living quarters and studio for Fulk. The top floor serves as a loft, and where Kurt and his partner lived for years. In his book, he writes: “For this was the space I had long dreamed of, where I would not only house my business but my private life, as the to had been increasingly intertwined.” The lower floors, as seen below, serve as the headquarters, warehouse, where Fulk welcomes clients and his team. Filled with original wood beams, floors, and iron fixtures, Fulk juxtaposes the historical, masculine features of the building with modern and vibrant hints of color, like floral design.

The Magic Factory; Ken Fulk's Headquarters in San Fransisco. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

THE LAKE HOUSE

Known as “The Lake House,” one of Fulk’s most famous residential projects, is situated on over 500 acres. This airy living space harmoniously blends living, dining, and cocktail space through the open floor plan. The elaborate wallpapers and prints throughout this home are mesmerizing.

SAINT JOSEPH’S
ART SOCIETY

One of the six properties Fulk personally owns is the Saint Joseph’s Art Society, which houses over 22,000 square feet of pure art. The property features a gallery and the shopping experience of dreams. This behemoth piece of architecture reopened in 2018 after Fulk’s renovation. A hot spot for performances, dinners, and other events, Saint Joseph’s is a sacred space in the heart of San Fransisco.

THE OASIS

Spunky, fun, and vivaciously dramatic, this Palm Spring home showcases Fulk’s innate ability to bring even the most clean-lined spaces to life through bold color, texture, and statement pieces.

WE NEEDED TO BRING THE SPACE TO LIFE WITH A BIG DOSE OF RAT PACK–ERA SWAGGER AND SOME OLD-SCHOOL PALM SPRINGS GLAMOUR.”                          – KEN FULK

HENRY HALL

Henry Hall, an upscale boutique apartment building in New York City prides itself on its “classic yet contemporary” feel. Luxurious and vibey, Henry Hall is all about the experience of stylish living.

REIMAGINING THE LUXURY OF A GRAND HOTEL FOR TODAY’S LIFESTYLE THROUGH THE USE OF SLEEK CUSTOM FINISHES, VIBRANT COLORS AND GRAPHIC PATTERNS, THE BUILDING IS HIGH STYLE AMPED UP FOR A NEW GENERATION.” –  KEN FULK

 

 


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