Got a mansion to ﬁll and don’t know how to do it? Brigitta Spinocchia has some ideas. She is a woman who says that “a chandelier is the most important thing to spend money on, and it must be bespoke, or it won’t capture the
spirit of your home. Prices start at about £10,000 — is that a lot?” She is a former creative director for the Candy brothers, and in her world dressing rooms come with white stingray-skin doorfronts, almond gold trim, mother-of-pearl inlay and cedar interiors with aromatherapised shoe drawers. Flooring is antique, 300-year-old American walnut. In place of a three-way mirror, she installs a catwalk with a mirror at the end that takes your photograph in 3D. And that’s just the dressing room, which of course has a large bespoke chandelier.
A Spinocchia client is after opulence and insane luxury, tied up with a little amusing novelty. Despite having large homes, they often want guests to stay at arm’s length. “I did a number of ecofriendly treehouses and pods for one
client in Ibiza,” she says. “They were all connected by rope walks and wooden bridges. One had a long, polished stainless-steel slide that took the guests from the pods to the garden’s main entertainment area, to arrive in seconds.”
Media rooms are fairly standard now, but Spinocchia knows how to pimp them up a notch. “We installed a cinema room in a yacht where the seats vibrated and moved to the action of the movie.” She often collaborates with
artists to create rooms that are an entire artwork. “I am working on an installation that will be visible below a client’s private swimming pool.” One fantastical 10-acre garden was designed in conjunction with Tim Burton’s set designer on Alice in Wonderland. Unencumbered by high-art aspirations, moodboards more often features ﬁlms, fashion and fantasy. “I am developing a rotating, interactive lift with a high-proﬁle artist for a young London couple, drawing inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” she says. Needless to say, prices don’t start at £10,000.