December 09, 2016
Alexander McQueen's fashion design genius is beyond doubt, but his interior design skills are somewhat less remarked on. Now is the chance for ardent McQueen fans to experience a slice of his creative vision, if they have GBP 8.5 million to spare.
This beautifully decorated penthouse is part of a building in the heart of Mayfair which used to be the residence of PD Wodehouse. McQueen purchased the apartment in 2009, drew up detailed renovation plans but sadly passed away before the works were complete and had therefore never lived there. The current owners decided to realise his extravagant vision as an homage to the fashion designer.
What the agent says: "This elegant penthouse is located the top 2 floors and covers both the width and breadth of this impressive building allowing a wonderful sense of space and volume throughout. Interior designed to the highest level with bespoke furnishings throughout; there is no better place to spend your time than the elegant reception room with the latest in AV systems and soothing open fire place. A wonderful family kitchen boasts an island unit with breakfast bar and separate dining table that leads out onto a balcony through 3 French windows. The penthouse is currently arranged as a spacious 2 bedroom apartment, but can easily be used as a 3 by converting the dressing room of the second bedroom. The master bedroom suite offers built in wardrobes, modern en suite bathroom a view back over Dunraven Street. In addition there is a brilliant 731 sq ft roof terrace which offers great entertaining space, a BBQ, a bar and panoramic views of London’s West End."
What we love:
The extensive mirrored surfaces, pared-back monochrome colour palette and layers of sumptuous fabrics work well to create a contemporary Art Deco look. We particularly like the use of huge framed photographs to line the walls.
What we would do:
We would probably suggest chandeliers with more contemporary and artistic designs. A good collection of contemporary art would look great here.
The penthouse on Dunraven Street is marketed by Knight Frank. Prices and details correct as at 9 December 2016.
A sumptuous penthouse like this calls for sumptuous furniture, perhaps even with a flamboyant touch. Try the Simone sofa from Missana, the Take a Line for a Walk armchair from Moroso and the Florence Shelf from New Works.
Looking for an extravagant suspension light? If you have enough space try the truly spectacular Candelabro suspension light from LZF or the O Mi Kami chandelier from Blackbody. For something more artisanal try the Escappa suspension light, hand-crafted by new designer Scott Pirie.
For mirrors with a glamorous touch Ghidini 1961 is hard to beat, we love their Sunset Mirror with its cast bronze palm fronds. The Lucky Eye wall OLED mirror from Blackbody is equally spectacular. The Rise & Shine wall mirror from New Works is beautifully sleek.
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