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25 Irrationally Lavish Things in London's Plushest Penthouse

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When brothers Christian and Nick Candy, proprietors of development firm Candy & Candy and sires of oligarch-worthy (read: Swarovski-sheathed) interiors, were assigned to carve out the "entirely raw" penthouse at London's One Hyde Park, they brought in a pearl-clutching (if not entirely surprising) cacophony of Rhino White marble, silver leaf, and fiber-optic lighting. In its latest issue, Robb Report takes a deep dive into the space, which the luxury lifestyle magazine just named its 2014 Ultimate Home, describing (in characteristically grandiloquent prose) all the grossly gratuitous details inside the 18,000-square-foot house. "It can't be run of the mill," Candy & Candy's global projects director tells the magazine, continuing, without a whisper of irony, "That doesn't mean it has to be flashy or emblazoned with crystals." Ah, but one look inside One Hyde Park and it's clear that—well, a metric tonne of crystals really doesn't hurt now does it? Below, 25 insane details plucked from Robb Report's languid rundown:


25. A double-height, 20-foot-tall Swarovski crystal chandelier made out of the largest crystals the company makes—pieced together with prisms that measure roughly 4 inches by 1.5 inches.

24. A polished-nickel staircase created in Denmark.

23. Hand-polished floors from Carrara, Italy, made of "Rhino White and Noir Saint Laurent" marble.

22. Auguste Rodin's The Prodigal Son.

Informal Game Room

21. A drum set from Odery "covered in Swarovski crystals."

Living Room

20. Sofa whose sides "have a laser-etched pattern that lends an almost futristic, three-dimensional effect."

19. A coffee table that "combines Tabu veneer with satin-brass trims, high-gloss lacquer, and leather and suede lining."

Dining Room

18. Icy-looking verre églomisé ("gilded glass") on the surrounding walls.

17. A painting by René Magritte.

16. A display case filled with "goblets from a Saudi palace" and, according to the global projects director, "giant Venini glass capsules that add color and an element of playfulness."

15. A hidden room.

Master Suite

14. A built-in fridge and coffee machine at the side of the bed.

13. A jacuzzi tub with Lalique (fancy French glass) taps in the closet.

12. Another Swarovski crystal chandelier.

11. Steel-lined, temperature-controlled (for warm towels, duh) drawers in the vanity.

10. A shower with chromotherapy lights and body jets.

Media Room

9. Buffalo leather floors.

8. Hermès cashmere throw blankets.

7. A 103-inch Panasonic plasma TV.


6. A glass-tiled steam room.

5. A nail salon.

4. 12 body jets in the shower

3. Silver leaf covering the walls and ceiling.

2. Fiber-optic lighting.

1. Pyrite-crystal formation "as sculpture."

The full suite of photos are hidden behind a Robb Report paywall, but do have a look at these photos, snagged from the designers' official site:

· The Knightsbridge Penthouse [Candy & Candy]
· 2014 Ultimate Home [Robb Report]
· All Robb Report coverage [Curbed National]
· All Lifestyles of the Rich and the Richer posts [Curbed National]