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26 October 2022

Ken Fulk: The Movie In My Mind

For over 30 years interior designer Ken Fulk has crafted some of the most enchanting spaces around the globe. From homes, hotels, restaurants and bars to members clubs, private planes and unforgettable events, no one can throw a party or infuse a space with as much personality and provenance as Ken Fulk. The designer—who has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and has been twice nominated for a James Beard Award for his hospitality projects—is known for his signature blend of cinematic flair and layered spaces that pay homage to the traditional influences of his Virginian upbringing.

In his book The Movie In My Mind, from Assouline, Fulk takes readers behind the scenes of some of his most extravagant endeavors, coupling stunning photographs with personal tales of inspiration and intent behind each project. Every new space starts with a story; with visions running through his mind as if on a film strip: a Napa Valley farmhouse that honors the region’s rural hills dotted with cabernet vines; an action-packed superyacht that calls to mind 007, Bullitt, and Foxy Brown; or infusing a Manhattan clubhouse with his childhood dreams of grandeur: tall ceilings, pre-war moldings, shiny marble floors and a grand entrance.

Ken Fulk is an admitted fan of Santa Barbara umbrellas, and has specified them in many of his projects, taking full advantage of the wide array of customization options we offer. We were thrilled to find that our umbrellas are featured in four of the installations showcased in his book. And we were excited to attend his recent presentation and book signing at the Pacific Design Center, as part of their Fall Market festivities.

Image of Ken Fulk giving presentation

Image of Ken Fulk signing book

Here are a few images from the book that put our umbrellas front and center – curtain up!

Image of umbrellas poolside

Casa Grande | Private Residence | Mexico

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Commodore Perry Estate | Auberge Hotels | Austin, TX

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The Mill | Private Residence | Silicon Valley, CA

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La Reina Del Sur | Private Residence | Mexico