I could feel her piercing stare from across the room. Surely it wasn’t her? What was she doing in the apartment I was photographing? Elizabeth Taylor, and not just any old Liz but one of Andy Warhol’s famous screenprints no less. She was the focal point of this astonishingly elegant room, in a Mayfair mansion block. The block, dates from the twenties, but very little remained of this apartment’s interior, save for the old electric bell panel, formerly used to summon servants, and now incorporated into a sleek mirrored bar alcove.
Stepping through the entrance to the apartment, it’s immediately clear that this is the sort of place that Hollywood royalty would feel quite at home. The stunning floor to ceiling backlit marble panels and the gilded Louis chair make that abundantly clear. Creamy hi-gloss stone flooring inlaid with bronze, flows through to the main rooms, where other equally polished finishes take over; various marbles in the bathrooms, lacquered hardwood panelling in the dining room, and bronze tinted mirrors in the drawing room. All detailed exquisitely by the designers at Casa Forma.
If ever there was any doubt about Mayfair’s prime position on the Monopoly board being usurped by flashy west London upstarts, this apartment knocks that idea squarely on the head.