Finchatton Unveils the Lansbury, Knightsbridge, London

by theartofbespoke in Interior designed homes

The global property developers reveal their latest project – a deluxe apartment block opposite Harrods.

One Hyde Park was supposed to be the last word in luxe Knightsbridge apartments, but instead it seems to have started something of a trend. The newest of these über-exclusive London residences is the Lansbury, an eight-storey, 15,000-square-foot development overlooking Harrods.

It’s the latest project from international property developers Finchatton, the firm started by 36-year-old Charterhouse school friends Andrew Dunn and Alex Michelin. The two have already completed 50 major projects in the world’s poshest locations, and count Simon Cowell and Slavica Ecclestone as clients.

‘Buyers at this level want a quick acquisition and seamless service. Buying an apartment that is furnished right through to the glassware is part of this offering.’

The Lansbury consists of six apartments, including a 3,000-square-foot penthouse. Four of them are turnkey, which means that everything down to the last fork is provided. ‘Buyers at this level want a quick acquisition and seamless service,’ says Michelin. ‘Buying an apartment that is furnished right through to the glassware is part of this offering.’

As you’d expect, Dunn and Michelin brought in the best interior designers to fit out the apartments, but the décor is surprisingly discreet – there’s none of your gold-plated bling here. Instead they’ve chosen jewel tones and natural fibres such as wool, cashmere and horsehair. The woodwork is walnut and polished sycamore, while the custom-made furniture incorporates buffalo horn and shagreen.

Naturally, there are sleek touches throughout. The bathrooms are Nero Argento marble, while the wallpapers are from Hermes and Maya Romanoff’s handpainted selection. And when it comes to the details, pretty well everything is custom-made and bespoke. Gayle Warwick has created beautifully detailed embroidered bedlin, and light installation artist Bruce Munro has designed a pendant crystal rainshower that doubles as both screen and artwork. Not that there’s much call for art – the floor-to-ceiling windows, with their views over West London, offer plenty enough to look at.

There’s cutting-edge technology, too. Each apartment has a Crestron touch-screen system, so everything from temperature and lighting to music and Blu-Ray is controlled at the touch of a button.

Perhaps most enviable of all, the apartments have full hotel concierge services, provided through the Capital Hotel, situated opposite. Residents have full use of a concierge and valet, housekeeping and room service, along with access to the hotel’s restaurant, bar and gym.

Like the Capital, the Lansbury building is emphatically discreet. The quality and finish may be slicker than most – the red sandstone was sourced from Locharbriggs in Scotland and St Bees in Cumbria. But, to the average passer-by heading for Harrods, this could be any other contemporary apartment block. This isn’t about flashing your wealth, just enjoying it in one of the world’s ritziest ‘hoods.

But you will need wealth to get a look in. Prices start at £3,650,000 for the duplex apartment, while that penthouse will set you back £12.5 million. That works out at around £4,000 per square foot – almost double the price of the average Knightsbridge home, according to Savills’ figures.

But Michelin is confident of achieving those prices, saying, ‘The huge lack of new property supply coming onto the market in prime London means that when properties in good locations do become available they are snapped up extremely quickly.’

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