Alexander McQueen Penthouse: Style Homage
This Mayfair residence of legendary British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is a celebration and homage to his life and unique style. The upper floors of the London property owned by the designer have been reconfigured into a luxurious 1,790 square foot duplex penthouse complete with a rooftop garden and terrace. The newly created Alexander McQueen Penthouse is the result of an extensive 16-month refurbishment and interior design by International design house Paul Davies London.
The Art Deco and fashion inspired interiors provide glamour alongside all the modern luxuries and conveniences desired and expected by high-end residential purchasers. Located in an 1897 townhouse that once served as a royal residence for the grandson of Queen Victoria, the interiors are completely new and finished to the highest specifications. The Alexander McQueen Penthouse is now listed on the market through estate agents Wetherell and Knight Frank for £8.5 million ($10.5 million).
For our design inspiration today we are taking a look at this super chic penthouse whose design is a tribute to the brilliant designer. I have always had a love for high fashion and follow that world closely. I was a huge fan of Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary designs starting at Givenchy and was utterly thrilled with his collections under his Alexander McQueen label. Be inspired!
The principal rooms feature black American walnut wood floors and a signature color palette of cream, silver, and black. Here in the spacious living room, the ceilings reach 10.5 feet high. A fireplace centers the room, surrounded by mirrored walls and bespoke design cabinetry. Recessed bespoke shelving lines the opposite wall.
Silver leaf wallpaper by Cole & Son covers the interior wall where large famous photographs of the designer and his fashions are displayed. Cream sofas and contemporary glass coffee tables complete the seating area. Mink fur throws and silk draperies by Drop create texture and comfort. Skull motif lamps offer inspired accents while a large bespoke crystal chandelier sparkles in the center of it all.
The lower floor consists of the gracious living room and an open kitchen and dining room. The two rooms are linked together by an entrance hall lined with mirrors that form a catwalk of sorts.
The spacious American-style kitchen and dining room is a particular highlight here in the Alexander McQueen Penthouse. The bespoke design kitchen by Clive Christian has all white cabinetry and counter-tops. A center island is complete with a breakfast bar. Professional grade appliances including a full height wine cooler integrate seamlessly into the minimalist design.
Beyond the kitchen is the dining area with seating for ten. The outer wall’s three sets of French doors open onto the terrace that spans the front façade of the penthouse. A side wall functions as a gallery featuring large photographs of McQueen, his various muse, and his iconic fashion. Crystal chandeliers suspend above the island and the dining table.
A galleried staircase with walls lined with silver leaf wallpaper and antiqued mirrors connects the two floors. A grand Italian crystal chandelier suspends down from the 15-foot ceilings creating a look of fading glamour. The play with light and shadow is very fitting of McQueen. The upper landing and halls continue the mirrors and gallery style photographs. From the landing, a chrome spiral staircase leads up to the rooftop terrace.
The upper floor of the Alexander McQueen Penthouse holds the two bedroom suites. The master bedroom suite has a spacious bedroom with a spacious en-suite bathroom. The second suite has a smaller bedroom separated by mirrored pocket doors that give access to a walk-in dressing room complete with bespoke design built-in mirrored wardrobes with Italian crystal door handles. The bathroom is across the hall.
Calacatta marble slabs with bold veining envelop both sleek contemporary design bathrooms. The two bedrooms have silk upholstered headboards from Eicholtz with Italian bedding and fur throws.
McQueen gained planning permission for the roof terrace, but never got to see it completed. It now is finished with over 700 square feet of black timber decked space designed for outdoor entertaining. The rooftop is configured with two living areas and an outdoor kitchen, BBQ, and bar area. The rooftop terrace and gardens provide beautiful panoramic views over Mayfair.
The Alexander McQueen penthouse is set within a Grade II Listed; preservation protected, blue plaque property which was formerly a Royal residence and the home of a notable author. The penthouse comprises the entire top two floors of 17 Dunraven Street, which you can see in the photo above. Dunraven is a quiet residential street only moments away from Mayfair’s world renowned exclusive shopping and fine dining restaurants.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell, said: “The fashion-celebrity, literary and Royal connections provide this spectacular penthouse with an outstanding and interesting provenance. The Art Deco and fashion inspired interiors are luxurious and glamorous whilst the terrace and roof garden provide outside entertaining space.”
Harvey Cyzer, Partner at Knight Frank (Head of Mayfair & St James’s), says: “This stunning penthouse has been painstakingly refurbished and has all the glamour you associate with one of the world’s most iconic fashion designers: Alexander McQueen. It is part of a very exclusive selection of newly refurbished apartments in Mayfair.”
The duplex penthouse at 17 Dunraven Street is available for sale for £8,500,000 (share of freehold). For further information contact sole joint agents Wetherell on Tel 020 7529 5566 / www.wetherell.co.uk or Knight Frank on Tel 020 7499 1012 / www.knightfrank.co.uk
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