Candy & Candy’s “Bond-inspired” Mayfair mews project, which used to be owned by fashion photography royalty Terence Donovan, has hit the market with an £18m asking price.
Local estate agent Wetherell has hit the reference jackpot with this property, cramming in mentions of most of the Swinging Sixties fashion set, Princess Diana, The Daily Mail’s favourite property developer Candy & Candy, and throwing in a timely dash of James Bond.
28-30 Bourdon Street, off New Bond Street and Davies Street, is now a 5,788 square foot hyper-luxury five bedroom house, after being given what the agent calls “a James Bond inspired makeover by design house Candy & Candy.” In a former life, the Grade II-listed Queen Anne style Victorian red brick building was the studio of one of the fashion photography’s most celebrated names, Terence Donovan.
Originally built in the 1890s by Jonathan Andrews, the Mayfair contractor who also built nearby Mount Street, 28-30 Bourdon Street was first owned by the Metropolitan Horse Shoeing Company. Central London’s farrier market cooled by 1910, when the building was converted into artisan studio space.
It became Stepney-born Terence Donovan’s base of operations from 1978 to 1996, and, as the photographer developed a particular niche as one of the first celebrity snappers (Princess Diana was one of his favourite subjects), played host to many of London’s most stylish famous faces. Twiggy, Nancy Kwan, Grace Coddington, Cindy Crawford, Lennox Lewis, Bryan Ferry and Richard Attenborough were all snapped in the street outside, gracing the covers and pages of the likes of Vogue, Marie-Claire, Harpers Bazaar and Sunday Times Magazine – and now the walls of galleries, trendy bars (Brown’s bar on Albemarle Street is named after Donovan) and homes around the world.
Marking the importance of the property in the capital’s style history books, Westminster installed a Green Commemorative Plaque after Donovan’s death in 1996, and sculptor Neal French was commissioned in 2012 to produce bronze statues of the photographer and model Twiggy, which now pose in the cobbled street next to the property.
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Bourdon Street was also used to produce music videos for the likes of Robert Palmer, Liza Minnelli, Toyah, Julio Iglesias, Rod Stewart and Marianne Faithfull, and Donovan edited his first feature film, Yellow Dog, on the site.
In 2003 the studios, by then derelict and in need of renovation, were put up for sale and acquired by new owners who commissioned Candy & Candy to create a brand new residence behind the retained façade. Candy’s design team used Ken Adam’s various sets for the James Bond films and Swinging London as the inspiration for the remodelled interiors, creating a fairly spectacular home that’s now launching to the market just as marketing ramps up around the 24th Bond film, Spectre
A seven-tonne black steel chandelier hangs from 18-foot high ceilings in a dramatic open-plan reception space, while a double-height dining area on the lower floor seats 14-16 people on a glass floor above a 15-metre slate-walled swimming pool (not suitable for sharks).
There’s a glass “champagne wall”, where 400 bottles of champagne or fine wines can be chilled and illuminated, next to the dining area, and an open-plan “Rolls Royce quality” kitchen/breakfast room has metallic lacquer units, stainless steel worktops, marble topped central island/breakfast bar with Gaggenau and Wolf integrated appliances.
Of course there’s a screening room, decked out in Carrara marble floors with an electronic glass wall which slides open to reveal an outside terrace and double height “green wall”. Designs for the study room were apparently influenced by a 1950’s Dunhill lighter, with dark-stained, high gloss walnut wood joinery, dark timber desk and white marble floor. There’s an Egyptian stone lined ensuite shower room off the study.
Mixing messages from Q, Kananga and Austin Powers, the master bedroom suite boasts a black patinated steel wall with integrated plasma screen and a leather wall behind the master bed; there’s another green wall in the suite’s day room, and a master bathroom has a sunken black stone Jacuzzi bath. One of the other bedrooms features a massive Twiggy on the ceiling.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell: “This amazing James Bond inspired Mayfair residence was once the mews studio of legendry photographer and film producer Terence Donovan. It has been a venue for photography and films for some of the world’s most famous people from fashion, Royalty, celebrity and music. The new interiors are of exceptional quality and innovative design and the result is an outstanding home ideal for entertaining and stylish living. Located in the heart of historic Mayfair, close to Claridges and New Bond Street, the house is for sale on a freehold basis which is rare in the West End.”