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The transformative magic of a Banda Property

Edo Mapelli Mozzi has an eye for exceptional spaces. The founder of London-based Banda, a hybrid property search, development and interior design business, Edo scours the globe for storied spaces to transform into homes that combine form and function. “‘Design for living’ is something we refer back to constantly,” says Edo. “Good design and functionality should not be mutually exclusive. Spaces have to work for how we want to live our lives today and be able to incorporate all the technology and comforts that we expect, as well as looking sublime and standing the test of time.”

Banda currently has 50 projects worldwide, spanning from a swanky sky-high apartment block on Australia’s Gold Coast to a row of Notting Hill townhouses divided into characterful, multi-storey maisonettes. Each is thoughtfully decorated by Edo and his team, who work with makers and artisans to bring a space to life. “It has to be sympathetic to the architecture and the surrounding location,” says Edo. “But I particularly like Brazilian mid-century design – I’m always drawn to pieces by designers such as Joaquim Tenreiro and Sergio Rodrigues – and I love to mix old with new, it’s a real signature of the Banda design style.”

The Sitting Room at The Townhouse // Instagram

The Bedroom at The Townhouse // Instagram

This is evident in the Gold Coast development, where Aussie-born lead designer Nicola Sherborn was heavily influenced by the surrounding city-to-beach setting. “The location is so unique, with the varying topographies, that more than ever the design needed to be relevant to the surroundings,” says Nicola of the 28 hyper-luxe residences that flow largely open-plan, with floor-to-ceiling windows. “We chose to specify the beautiful kitchen island in this bold, fluidly-veined, green sequoia verde marble that speaks as one with the hinterland and the sea views beyond. We have mixed antique pieces and vintage finds with modern creations and statement lighting, combining Australian artworks by Imants Tillers and Struan Teague, and lighting by Articolo, with vintage items such as the Pierre Jeanneret desk chair and Hervé van der Straeten bench seat in the principal bedroom,” she adds.

“A space will always feel more authentic if it has been curated thoughtfully in harmony with its surroundings.”

Edo Mapelli Mozzi

A Banda Property, Notting Hill // Instagram

Notting Hill’s Leinster Square, in contrast, comprises five maisonettes, eight expansive lateral apartments, and two stunning penthouses (complete with sunken roof terraces) behind the grand stucco-frontage with tall, south-facing arched windows. The interior of No. 15 shows off beautiful cornicing and ceiling roses that were painstakingly recreated from the original designs. “I also absolutely love the design of the Calacatta Nero marble ‘Moto’ fireplace in the living room,” says Edo of the home that makes your shoulders drop as soon as you walk in.

From 6 to 8 December, we are proud to present the Luminaire Holiday Townhouse in residence at 15 Leinster Square. Consider it a portal into the world of the exceptional, showcasing the best in luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle. For more information on the festivities in store, please enquire here.

Lower Ground at The Townhouse, Leinster Square // Instagram


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