Among the top designers, a definite place has been assigned to Candy & Candy, the British interior designers and developers who have been the only possible choice for their high-end clientele: leading interior design houses and the most luxurious real estate projects are what they are renowned for all over the world.
Nick and Christian’s details-focused approach and their acute eyes for spotting new prime properties – their projects can be found in the level of “super-prime” houses – had been the basis for their successful career; they are world-famous for the lavish redeveloping projects and luxurious property deals: it’s not by chance that they are known for “most exclusive address in the world”.
The billionaire brothers – placed at the 52 positions of 2010’s rich list by the Estates Gazette – grew up in Surrey but started in totally different fields: it was in 1995 that they started thinking about entering the London house market and, thanks to a family loan, they managed to study the perfect location to start: that’s why they settled for Earl’s Court, where they bought a small one-bedroom flat; for eighteen months they lived there while they renovated the flat, using their best knowledge, until they could sell it with a £50,000 profit. From that moment on they could not be stopped.
The big break-through that made them ultra-wealthy, after having founded their company “Candy & Candy” and having accumulated contacts and resources, was the One Hyde Park project in 2004: starting from the prime estate location of Knightsbridge, they hired famous architect Richard Rogers for the exterior while they dealt with the interior design. The result was a glass and bronze structure giving a contemporary rendition of London’s style and an extreme sophistication of the ambiances; exclusive retail units, deluxe amenities and a luxurious atmosphere is what they created; in the meantime they managed to break the record as the most expensive residential development in the world while some of the penthouse apartments were sold at some of the highest prices on the record.
Also, Candy & Candy are well-known for their projects in Monaco e in Russia: La Belle Epoque Penthousein Monaco, with its refined aesthetic, recalls some Belle Epoque’s influences with its iconic building. Various apartment complexes, like the one in Hans Crescent, have been their main focus.
After more than two decades the brothers decided to part ways: while Nick is leading Candy & Candy – now renamed “Candy Property” – Christian has tried the venture of propriety developer, with CPS. A new project by Nick Candy features a mega-mansion of 250 million, London’s largest residence after Buckingham Palace.