Eye Candy

The double-height library, with exquisite details from floor to ceiling

Recently flipping through the Nov. 2009 issue of Architectural Digest, I rediscovered photos of the lavish penthouse apartment of brothers Christian and Nick Candy, co-founders of the British interior design firm Candy &  Candy. The breathtaking 17,500 square-foot residence, in Monaco’s famously prosperous area of Monte Carlo, made headlines in the early 2000’s when the Candy brothers purchased it for a mere £10m following the gruesome murder of previous owner Edmond Safra.

Wasting no time and sparing no expense, Candy & Candy head designer Martin Kemp was on the scene, intent on breathing new life into the space and creating a spectacular celebration of art and opulence. The transformation didn’t come cheap, costing a reported £26m, but the results were stunning. Every inch of the apartment was carefully infused with luxurious details: rare Italian marble, floors adorned with exotic wood marquetry, Baccarat chandeliers and decorative fixtures by Lalique. Balconies extended from the interiors into the Mediterranean seaside, all with views of the port of Monte Carlo or the mountainous Riviera, which I imagine is as close to Heaven as earth can get.

It’s hard to imagine anyone leaving such a place, but after a little digging, I discovered the Candy brothers have moved on. It’s been a little over a year since they made more headlines with the jaw-dropping £199m ($300 million) sale of their lavish penthouse apartment. Mystery surrounds the identity of the new owners, but one can only hope they have retained the elegance and opulence of the Candy & Candy touch.

One of two Master Suites, decorated with French antiques and opening to a balcony overlooking Monte Carlo

The Port Side Master Suite is done in a modernized Art Deco style. Photographs by Helmut Newton hang on the lavish cashmere-upholstered walls.

Possibly the most lovely workspace I've ever seen, tucked into a mirrored alcove overlooking the Monte Carlo marina.

The sophisticated dressing area, punctuated by a Richard Hudson sculpture.

Spectacular details in the dining room include hand-painted silk draperies and a platinum-leafed ceiling.

A front-facing balcony overlooks the port

Exterior terrace

Photos courtesy of Architectural Digest. Interior design by Candy & Candy. Photographed by Andrew Twort.

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