Las Vegas Design Center’s Nov. 5 First Friday Talk To Highlight Lynda Murray’s Experience as Home ‘Transformer’
Renowned designer will discuss work with celebrity homes, including recent 17,000-square-foot project for filmmaker Michael Bay
(LAS VEGAS)—October 4, 2010—When sought-after designer Lynda Murray was faced with filmmaker Michael Bay’s 17,000-square-foot Miami Beach, Florida home, she approached it as she does every design project: One step at a time. The Los Angeles-based designer will discuss the home she designed for Bay, director of the Transformers series, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and more, along with her other work during her presentation “Grand Vision: What To Do With A 17,000 Square-Foot House,” November 5 at 10 a.m. at Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas as part of the monthly First Friday design series.
“The biggest challenge in Michael Bay’s home was that Architect Chad Oppenheim designed the house with a lot of glass, steel and stone. It has extremely high ceilings and, at first the glass made it seem a lot larger than most homes of the same size and also gave it a cold feel,” says Murray. “My challenge was to warm it up and somehow make it feel more intimate, even though it is 17,000 square feet.”
She accomplished that through the use of Asian antiques mixed with the modern, clean aesthetic of Christian Liaigre furniture, along with silk rugs, wood panel walls and more. Bay’s home was featured in the September issue of Elle Décor, and includes a screening room, cast-concrete bathtub, a 40-foot nautilus stairwell, and a cascading light sculpture made of 37 hand-blown crystal pendants that took a team of 15 people 10 days to install.
Murray is known for her classic-meets-contemporary style. She has designed more than 100 homes across the United States, many of which have been for celebrities including Rob Lowe, Minnie Driver, Todd Phillips, Jon Landau Walter, Carol Matthau and others.
She says also works with many intriguing clients who shy away from press. “The clients I personally find most interesting are the wealthy clients that I get to fly all over the world with in their private airplanes,” she says. “They’re the people that own basketball teams for a hobby and have multiple homes in multiple cities.”
Murray grew up near Los Angeles and studied art history and interior design at University of California, Los Angeles. To learn more go to lm-id.com.
The First Friday discussion will take place 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 5 in C-176 at World Market Center Las Vegas, 495 South Grand Central Parkway. To R.S.V.P. please e-mail [email protected] or call (702) 599-3093.
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Sitting at the epicenter of the world’s fastest growing home furnishings complex, Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas is a year-round resource for design-seeking consumers and designers showcasing top names in fine furniture, decorative accessories, wall décor, lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and trim. Now open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LVDC boasts hundreds of leading manufacturers’ lines. An important source of education for the industry, Las Vegas Design Center also attracts many of the industry’s most prominent thought leaders to its comprehensive slate of seminars, networking receptions and other sought-after events. Las Vegas Design Center is home to the recently opened Mundo: A Culinary Haute Spot. For more information, visit www.lvdesigncenter.com.