The worlds most expensive kitchen, the ‘Fiore di Cristallo’ designed by Claudio Celiberti was unveiled at One Mayfair in London, back in 2013 at a prestigious event co-hosted by celebrity chef, Aldo Zilli.
Taking over twelve months to create, the ‘Fiore di Cristallo’ kitchen pushed the boundaries of what was possible. Combining Claudio Celiberti’s no-compromise method to striking design with exquisite natural materials, this luxuriant kitchen was handcrafted in Italy and featured the world-famous ‘Crystal of Murano’ (Cristallo di Murano).
Produced using ancient methods originating from the island of Murano, the technique for making this crystal is extremely complex and a closely-guarded secret.
The result is a crystal of the highest quality, free from air bubbles and impurities, and the perfect companion to Claudio’s exemplary design. The result is a crystal of the highest quality, free from air bubbles and impurities, and the perfect companion to Claudio’s exemplary design.
The bespoke kitchen included the most luxurious finishes including cupboards lined with copper; a metal acknowledged for its natural antimicrobial properties, as it inactivates harmful microbes. Each of the 27 cupboards, which cost over £400,000 to design and handcraft, also had a 9mm crystal handle, carefully made to an intricate and bespoke template. The kitchen also featured a crystal island valued at £36,850, a £6,850 stone worktop, a crystal basin at £2,680 and Philip Starck taps, chrome-clad in crystal and valued at £1,600.
The centrepiece of the kitchen is a modern yet elegant Swarovski Crystal and Cristallo di Murano chandelier designed by Claudio Celiberti. This unique and attention-grabbing lighting, which cost £26,400 to handcraft, draws your attention to the kitchen, rebounding light off the crystal surfaces.
The £1.6 million pound price tag also included over £24,000 worth of handcrafted appliances from Gaggenau. The German specialist company has a history that goes back more than 300 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with internationally acclaimed products. Award-winning products featured in the kitchen include a £5,000 fridge, a wine climate cabinet worth £2,762 and a £1,714 espresso/coffee machine. Which makes it the worlds most expensive kitchen.