Cover Princess Beatrice’s fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is the founder of Banda, a property developer for society’s elite

The soon-to-be member of the British royal family is also the founder of Banda, a property developer for society’s elite

If things have seemed a little quiet on the royal front, fret not. As the year-end festivities come around, members of the British royal family are sure to be out and about attending various holiday soirees and celebrations, sometimes even with adorable offspring in tow. And next year, Princess Beatrice of York, granddaughter of the Queen of the United Kingdom, will be getting married to real estate tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

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Much has been written about the dashing 35-year-old, who also has noble blood. Nicknamed Edo, his father is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, a British-Italian alpine skiier. He also has a two-year-old son with a former partner. Edoardo is the founder of Banda, an upscale British property and interior design group that not only re-develops historic buildings but also sources for the most exclusive addresses to offer to clients.

“As many of these homes are ‘off-market’, we approach the owners directly so are able to offer absolute discretion and a swift process,” Edoardo tells Singapore Tatler Homes, in an email interview.

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The company has developed some of London’s most coveted residential addresses including 13-19 Leinster Square and Parkgate in Battersea. “I think buyers are increasingly seeking a home that has some kind of identity and character about it,” he says. “London is home to some of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in the world and being able to restore them to their original grandeur for future generations to enjoy is hugely satisfying.”

He shares his top five real estate and design tips:

Neighbourhood to watch: Notting Hill

“One of the most exciting growth hotspots in London is W2, which is on the edge of Notting Hill. This is where our latest project, 13-19 Leinster Square is situated. It is a grade II listed Victorian property situated on one of London’s finest garden squares in Notting Hill. Formerly a hotel, we have transformed it into 15 showstopping apartments each with access to the garden square. We have sensitively restored the building, enhancing its original features including intricate traditional ceiling cornicing and its beautiful white stucco facade.”

Tailored service for clients

“Banda has a dedicated private client search team which specialises in providing discreet access to some of London’s most covetable properties. The home search service is used by all sorts of different clients, from those who are easily recognised but wish to remain anonymous, to those are simply too busy to deal directly with agents.

Many of our clients live abroad or travel frequently and we are able to condense and streamline the process so that finding a new home or investment is a swift and enjoyable experience. We think very carefully about the sorts of people who will be attracted to the homes and how they may wish to live. We consider all aspects of their daily routine—where they will eat breakfast, enjoy meals together as a family, entertain guests and so on.”

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Holistic approach when creating homes

Well being is another key consideration and so is ample storage. We want to ensure we are creating homes that are conducive to a healthy lifestyle. We try to maximise outdoor space and use innovative interior design solutions and planting to help bring the feeling of the outdoors into the home. Air circulation and natural light are also key considerations.”

His design influences: Mid-century modern furniture

“I have always been a fan of the modernist Brazilian designer and sculptor Joaquim Tenreiro. I adore the scale and proportion of his pieces as well as their timeless elegance. I also love the Pierre Jeanneret chairs that you will see around the dining table in our 13-19 Leinster Square show flat. We sourced these directly from India and they work so beautifully in the space.” 

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His artistic inspiration: Nick Knight

“One of my favourite artists is the photographer Nick Knight.  He is such a visionary and his images draw you right in. I could look at his work for hours.”

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