In the homes of the super-rich, one’s wine and wheels, hardbacks and handbags aren’t merely possessions that require simple storage — they are objects of desire and rarity calling out to be paraded in far more lavish ways.
“There has definitely been a shift in how the wealthy choose to display their most precious collectables,” comments Jo Eccles, founder of London-based property search company SP Property. She mentions one North London client whose enormous wine collection filled the entire perimeter of the circular walls of his study, with his circular desk in prime position in the centre. “Where once wine and the like was confined to the basement, behind the scenes, these valuables are being showcased in ever more opulent ways,” she says.
Is it simply showing off? Partly, perhaps. Why else build a glass wall between your private pool and Porsche garage if not to invite admiration? But it’s also about passion, says Charu Gandhi, founder of Elicyon design studio. “Such people source and keep these collections because they are true aficionados and, above all, they want their storage spaces to be practical,” she says. Here is how practicality and pomp meet in the world of posh storage.