Moudaber’s London home is a two-storey maisonette in an 1870’s Victorian-style building in South Kensington that used to be two separate flats, which she bought at different times. The living space and kitchen on the ground floor are connected to the sleeping areas on the upper floor via a sculptural staircase designed by Moudaber herself (which rather resembles the backbone of some gigantic marine animal). The high-ceiling spaces on both floors were then filled with all sorts of treasures: items again designed by Moudaber (such as the large table and sofas in the living room, the chandeliers in the bedroom, the TV stand in the second bedroom and more), original works of art, as well as antiques and vintage furniture, like for example the large red lights over the sofa which once adorned a 1940‘s bank.
Reminiscent perhaps of the palace of some fantastical King of the sea, Danielle Moudaber ’s apartment was designed, as she says, to ‘‘sooth her soul’’ and remind her of the endless blue of the Mediterranean as seen from a seaside terrace.
“Down a warren of streets in Shepherd Market, a corner of (mostly) bygone ill repute in Mayfair, the entrance to 5 Hertford Street is quiet from the outside. Then the door opens, attended not by burly guards, but by women in floor-length dresses, and you step into a residence of unusual charm. This is a grown-up club, where your parents and grandparents are as at home as your friends from school. The artwork is real and the drinks are cold (have the gin fizz). A sultry nightclub, Loulou’s, is downstairs for after dinner. There is wild competition and noise about memberships around town, so for clarity I’ll show my hand: If you are going to have only one, this is the loveliest club in London.” via Vogue
We were commissioned to produce our Cubist Basin Tap in a bespoke 24 carat gold finish, coupled with wall mounted accessories from our Edwardian Collection.
“Ralph Lauren and his family live here, in Bedford, New York, in a house we have all wondered about for years but have never before seen so completely. It is one of five Lauren houses, and an especially interesting one, the one closest to his oldest and most powerful image, the American gentleman.
To fully appreciate it you must try not to think about the store windows and displays you know so well. This is not a stage; it is not about selling; this is where Ricky and Ralph Lauren have lived for 13 years and where they have raised three children. It is their home, and in the realm of interior design it is very much an original. There is no need to search for social meaning in it, as often happens when the subject turns to Ralph Lauren. Quite simply, it is English in flavor but with an American energy, and whether Nancy Mitford would approve or not is irrelevant. By now we should all understand that this is an interpretation of Englishness, not a recreation of it.” via Architectural Digest
“Alice Naylor-Leyland likes to create a scene. Last summer, the golden-haired, bright-eyed English beauty propelled herself into Instagram fame with a rainbow-hued 30th-birthday party that rivaled most weddings. Hosted at Stibbington House, the fairy-tale-like country home in Cambridgeshire that Alice shares with her husband, Tom, and children, Billy and Nancy, now five and two respectively, the party featured a tent filled with towers of pink peonies, giant bouquets of multicolored balloons, an old-time Dixieland band, pastel-dyed sheep, and Alice herself in a psychedelic Gucci gown. Anyone who caught a glimpse of the extravaganza on Instagram or in the September 2016 issue of Vogue, where Alice is a contributing writer to the magazine’s website, wanted to know more about the new girl in town who counts model Poppy Delevingne as her best friend.” Via Architectural Digest UK
During its history, Clarence House has been altered, reflecting the changes in occupancy over nearly two centuries. It was the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 until 2002 and was also the home of The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947.
Frank Sawkins worked together with Clarence House to remodel the private bathrooms of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The items they chose were from the Edwardian Collection and have been custom made.
Castle Drogo is a country house and castle near Drewsteignton, Devon, England. It is currently undergoing a conservation project (2013–2018) to finally make it watertight.
Frank Sawkins, as one of the leading authorities with specific knowledge of bathrooms and bathing, was consulted on the historic restoration commissioned by The National Trust in England, in the same manner Czech & Speake assisted with the restoration of Clarence House, St James’s London home to the current Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
World renowned designer Zang Toi, known for dressing the likes of Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria and Saudi royals, to name but a few, used our Edwardian Collection fittings to achieve a French Louis XV style in his Fifth Avenue apartment.
His top tip when decorating: “My advice is to decorate with a few luxurious pieces that you love.”
To learn more about this beautiful project, read an interview with Zang Toi here.
Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts was designed by the prominent Boston architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns based on a 16th century Florentine palazzo. Many of the materials and over 150 artisans were brought from Italy to accomplish the intricate carvings both interior and exterior. Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York, was responsible for creating “Wheatleigh Park” on the land surrounding the palazzo.
For many years the largest portion of the 380 acres Wheatleigh estate was used as a working farm. The Count and Countess resided in their “summer cottage” – along with forty in help for only six weeks a year. Their permanent residence was on Fifth Avenue in New York City. During the “Gilded Age” Wheatleigh was the site of many grand parties and musical events.
Today, Wheatleigh is privately owned and is one of the smallest member of the Leading Hotels of the World featuring one of the best dining rooms on the east coast. Wheatleigh is open year-round.
The Terrace Suite at the Wheatleigh Hotel is ground floor suite with mountain vista. The sitting area is enclosed in bronze, glass, and brick and opens to a 40 foot covered private portico. The spacious bedroom features a king size bed, a BeoVision 7-40 Entertainment System, and a bathroom with an imported antique soaking tub and large shower fitted with the Edwardian Collection from Czech & Speake.
Waldorf Astoria on The Bund Shanghai is the first hotel in Asia for Hilton’s prestigious luxury brand. The exquisite English Renaissance style building was constructed in 1911 and opened as the now-legendary Shanghai Club. Throughout the city’s 1920s and 30s Pearl of the Orient heyday it was Shanghai’s most exclusive gentlemen’s club, filled with decadent delights like bowling alleys, restaurants, an oyster bar, game rooms, a barber’s shop and two wine cellars. One of the highlights was its celebrated Long Bar – which at 110 feet was once the longest bar in the world.
Veere understands the art of living and he and his team are able to combine both traditional and modern architecture, design, furniture and art as well as balance both colour and texture to create a space that is unique for each client.