No limits on luxury as London's new homes set gold standard

Gold-leaf ceilings and champagne fridges, to iPad-controlled heating, security and lighting. London's luxurious new homes come with it all.
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Builders are competing to to offer ever more opulent and exotic finishes and designs sourced from faraway places, pushing luxury in the home to new levels. At The Lansbury development in Knightsbridge, stingray skin from Indonesia is used to clad a desk in the master bedroom, while The Walpole in Mayfair — neighbouring The Ritz — has walls covered in gem-like seashells from the coastal waters of the Filipino province of Capiz. Developer Candy & Candy provided a super-bling form of luxury for a certain kind of wealthy buyer, often from overseas, its vastly expensive beige palaces setting a benchmark for absentee owners with stables of sports cars. Technology is the driving force behind modern luxury. Home cinemas are required, as are home-automation systems giving total control of heating and lighting, security and audiovisual creature comforts, all programmed via iPads, and now these features are turning up in mid-market homes, too: kitchens come with boiling-water taps, steam ovens, wine and champagne fridges, while bathrooms have flat-screen water-resistant TVs on the wall and an endless variety of mood lighting. However, Richard Cutt, partner at estate agent Knight Frank, says: “Luxury is an overused term, which is evolving as we become more accustomed to what is genuinely luxurious. Luxury is an aesthetic — a look and a feel, as well as the provision of amenity and comfort. “We are seeing a backlash against anything-money-can-buy bling and a move towards craftsmanship, restoration, and thoughtful architecture. Buyers appreciate homes that offer the subtle and essential designs that allow them to live in the city — and to enjoy their London life. Basic needs such as peace, space, light, landscape, energy-saving utilities, clean-air filters, and space that caters for families as well as fashion-seeking singles, are paramount.” Genuinely bespoke design and individually crafted pieces, whether an architectural creation or a commissioned item of furniture, provide a true sense of luxury. At a townhouse project in St James’s, interior designer Oliver Burns used a bespoke waterfall chandelier as an arresting focal point in the entrance hall. Elsewhere, traditional Chesterfield sofas are upholstered in sumptuous Kediri silk, while a bathroom is enclosed in glass that goes opaque at the touch of a button. View houses and flats for sale in Mayfair View sold house prices in Mayfair View area stats for Mayfair Property values in Mayfair

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