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Candy & Candy Penthouse in Monte Carlo
Nick and Chris Candy's Monte Carlo apartment is perfectly symbolic of the Monaco lifestyle. The brothers behind the Candy & Candy interior design and property development business, have chosen this 30-room / 1,625 sq m penthouse as their main residence in Monte Carlo. Located on the top two floors of La Belle Epoque, a building that dates back to Monte Carlo's heyday, this vast apartment is remarkable, first of all, for its extraordinary "king of the castle" position. Wherever you stand on its many balconies and terraces, there are plunging views onto the sparkling sea or the mountainous Riviera behind. From this vantage point, no sleek cruiser or private plane can sneak into Monte Carlo unseen. Moving back from the sun-filled terraces into the interior, you are also aware of how discreet and soothing the overall atmosphere of the penthouse is. The cool marble floors and muted color schemes are particularly welcome after the blaze of Mediterranean light. Noteworthy is the way the large lateral spaces have been designed to provide each of the brothers with ample private accommodation as well as shared areas-especially the spectacular, double-height library and the various dining rooms-where they can entertain their friends and family and business colleagues or other grandees. There are shimmering hand-painted silk draperies, polished exotic-wood floors inlaid with delicate marquetry, cooling rare Italian marbles, platinum-leafed ceilings, even skirting boards of the softest suede. The glassware and chandeliers are by Baccarat, the wall lights by Murano, the vases and bathroom taps by Lalique. Even with 120 people working on the apartment at any one time, the high-spec renovation took 18 months.