“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.
Set on the North West slice of the Hong Kong Island, and once an early settlement of the British and significant part of the historical Victoria City, Sheung Wan is sometimes dubbed the upper district as it is located higher than the Wan Chai and Central HK Districts. Owing to this, it is a treat for buyers looking to enjoy unsurpassed vistas of the Hong Kong Island. The Sheung Wan area is unlike any other on the island as it is more reminiscent of the Older Hong Kong.
The bathroom is designed to combine traditional Hong Kong design and period Edwardian style, using our Edwardian Collection fittings. For the shower room pictured below they decided to go for the Edwardian Fixed Rigid Riser with Diverter, Hand Shower & Shower Arm with the piping visible.
Luxury knows no bounds at The Shelbourne Dublin, a Renaissance Hotel. Housed in a 200-year-old historic building in the heart of the city, we set the stage for an exceptional visit to Dublin. Settle into your 5-star hotel room or newly renovated suite.
Heritage Park View Suite is one of the refurbished elegant suites that reflect the nostalgia of the past, with many named in honour of famous former guests. The use of the Edwardian Collection came naturally for this splendid period interior design.
The Hotel Puerto America was a unique project combining the work of noted architects and designers, each of its twelve floors created by a different designer. Jean Nouvel participated in designing the building and one of its floors, while other contributors included Zaha Hadid, John Pawson, Arata Isozaki, Ron Arda, David Chipperfield, Plasma Studio and Norman Foster.
Each designer was given complete freedom within the general layout of each floor. Sir david Chipperfield chose the co-designed collection with Czech & Speake for the bathroom fittings, resulting in a characteristic sleek, modern interior design. You can see the entire DCA/FSD collection here.
The Silken Puerta América is an idea of freedom realised, a meeting place where different cultures and ways of interpreting architecture and design come together. This hotel on Avenida de América is a project that breaks new ground by using different colours, materials and shapes. A 5-star hotel that introduces guests to bold, innovative spaces, very different from the norm.