The Gucci Mansion on Grafton Avenue in London’s Mayfair, the spectacular Grade I listed roughly 14,000 sq.ft. (1,300 sq.m.) personal palace which served as Gucci’s international headquarters the place designer Tom Ford and CEO Domenico De Sole labored and entertained figures together with Alexander McQueen is arguably Mayfair’s most interesting residence: now accessible to buy or let by way of sole agent Beauchamp Estates.
The palatial Gucci mansion was initially inbuilt 1769-1772, designed in Neo-classical model by architect Sir Robert Taylor, constructed by Edward Grey with magnificent gold leaf interiors by famend plasterer Joseph Rose and cabinetmaker John Mayhew; below the auspices of landowner the Earl of Grafton.
Previously the London residence of Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham, the place HM Queen Victoria and the 1st Duke of Wellington have been entertained, the Grafton Avenue mansion’s Gucci historical past could be traced again to 1993 when Bahrain-based funding fund Invescorp bought Gucci from Maurizio Gucci, ending the Gucci household’s involvement which dated again to 1921 when Guccio Gucci based the posh model.
In 1994, following the Invescorp takeover, Texan designer Tom Ford was named Inventive Director of Gucci and Domenico De Sole (authorized adviser to the Gucci household for the reason that early Eighties) was made CEO, with De Sole itemizing the corporate on the New York Inventory Trade in October 1995.
In March 1995 Maurizio Gucci was shot lifeless within the foyer of Gucci’s Milan headquarters by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani Gucci and this led to a call that Gucci ought to search a brand new HQ, ideally away from Milan, in order that the model may benefit from a recent company id and go away the tragic previous behind.
In consequence, in 1998 Gucci’s international headquarters relocated from Milan to London, with the brand new Gucci Mansion on Grafton Avenue (near Gucci’s Bond Avenue retailer) turning into a base for Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole. The mansion had been given a 24-month refurbishment previous to Ford and De Sole shifting into the palatial constructing with the lavish rooms dressed with Gucci custom-designed furnishings together with chocolate veneer desks and cupboards and black calfskin sofas and chairs.
Designer Tom Ford moved into the mansion’s principal first ground drawing room, with its magnificent 20ft excessive gold-leaf ceiling with ornate Joseph Rose plasterwork, full peak home windows, parquet flooring and Georgian fireplaces. This palatial state room, the place HM Queen Victoria and the 1st Duke of Wellington had been entertained, turned Tom Ford’s workplace and artistic area. It was right here in 2000 that Tom Ford hosted and mesmerised dressmaker Alexander McQueen and persuaded him to hitch Gucci group and the place Ford hosted legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The adjoining first ground eating room, which has a carved wooden chimneypiece and built-in bookcases surmounted by busts of Alexander the Nice, Caesar Augustus and Marcus Aurelius turned Gucci’s principal assembly room and boardroom, the place lunches and dinners hosted by Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole have been served for visitors together with French billionaire tycoon François Pinault, Gucci’s normal counsel Allan Tuttle and necessary editors and journalists from the world’s media.
The mansion’s prime (fourth ground) has a penthouse model galleried luxurious workplace/entertaining suite with a vaulted beamed ceiling, with an adjoining solar room/lounge for leisure in sunny climate. This spectacular area turned CEO Domenico De Sole’s government workplace, dressed with Charles Eames chairs and desk that Tom Ford picked out for the workplace, the suite overseen by Constance Klein De Sole’s poised London assistant.
It was from this penthouse suite in 1999 that De Sole acquired Yves Saint Laurent and folded it into Gucci group and, in the identical yr, the place he fought off the well-known hostile takeover bid by Bernald Arnault of LVMH. It’s from the penthouse suite that De Sole is alleged to have held cellphone conversations with LVMH’s Pierre Godé and Yves Carcelle, trusted aides of Arnault, to see off the takeover bid.
On the bottom ground of the mansion are two state rooms, equally as grand, with ornate 20ft excessive ceilings, full peak home windows, authentic Georgian fireplaces and parquet flooring. Gucci used these rooms to host visitors and conferences.
The mansion’s second and third flooring offered places of work for Gucci CFO Bob Singer, seven workers employed within the model’s PR and picture division, and places of work for the Gucci human assets, authorized and IT departments.
In 2003 French Billionaire François Pinault took management of Gucci and this led in April 2004 to Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole departing Gucci. In June 2010 the then Gucci CEO Robert Polet determined to relocate Gucci’s international HQ from Grafton Avenue to Cadempino in Switzerland, thereby ending the Gucci position within the mansion’s historical past.
Following Gucci’s departure the spectacular constructing was transformed again right into a home below designs devised by RIBA award profitable architects Donald Insall Associates, who oversaw the restoration of Windsor Fortress for the Royal Family. Now, for the primary time since its lavish refurbishment, the mansion on Grafton Avenue seeks new residents who like Gucci could have the privilege of calling one of many most interesting residences in Mayfair their London residence.
The eight bed room mansion is organized over basement, decrease floor, floor and 4 higher flooring and has classical interiors, a passenger carry, gymnasium, cinema and well being membership with swimming pool, plunge pool, sauna and steam room and a storage. The lodging features a spacious entrance corridor, 4 grand reception rooms, household kitchen, research/residence workplace, 4 VIP bed room suites, 4 additional workers bedrooms, workers amenities and two flooring of leisure amenities. There may be entry to a spacious backyard terrace, first ground balconies and a solar room/conservatory on the highest ground.
The leisure and leisure amenities are situated throughout the basement and decrease floor flooring. There’s a gymnasium, a non-public cinema and a well being spa with swimming pool, marble lined plunge pool, mosaic lined steam room and a Scandinavian model sauna. The basement storage provides safe parking for 2 automobiles.
Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates stated, “The previous Gucci mansion, the model’s international HQ, is now Mayfair’s most interesting home presently on the market or let. It’s right here that Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole entertained Alexander McQueen, Anna Wintour and François Pinault and the place Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham entertained Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington.
“Immaculately dressed this turn-key mansion with its two flooring of leisure and leisure amenities is ideal for a household who like Gucci need a palatial residence within the coronary heart of Mayfair.”
The Grafton Avenue mansion is out there to both buy for £55,000,000 or to let for £40,000 per week. For additional info contact sole gross sales and letting agent Beauchamp Estates on Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 7722 e: [email protected] or go to: www.beauchamp.com