Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles Bubble Mansion to Sell for $335.8 million
The bizarre place, Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles, where designer hosted most of his after-parties and runway shows for two decades, has been put on sale for almost $336 million.
The Italian designer bought the place at an auction in the early 90s, after the dead of its French industrialist owner.
The house quickly became a magnet for stars like Marion Cotillard, Rhys Ifans, Dakota Fanning and Pierce Brosnan, and even Prince Harry’s ex-beau Cressida Bonas, under Pierre’s ownership.
All the stars and not only mentioned above have attended shows, posed or partied under its terracotta-colored bubbles.
The 1,200-square-feet mega-complex home features a ten space-aged room, three swimming pools, luxurious gardens, an amphitheater and spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
At this place a lot of parties took place including the 2002 MTV party celebrating “James Bond’s 40th birthday”.
Designed by Hungarian architect Antii Lovag, this mansion was inspired by ‘ancestral homes’ such as pre-historic caves, and built between 1975 and 1989.
It is built over six undulating levels on a rocky outcrop of the Massif de L’Esterel – a volcanic mountain range known for its red hues.
According to the actual owner, the round forms are inspired by ‘the body of a woman’ and ‘everything is absolutely sensual’.
The uber-eccentric pad was most recently hired by fashion brand Dior, for a show to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
Cressida Bonas was one of the high-profile models and actresses Dakota Fanning and Zoe Kravitz were in the star-studded crowd.
If no one is going to pay more than $300 million for it, there is an option to rent the extravagant complex for $1,128 per person/night, only for holiday purposes.
To rent the entire palace for a party or show, as Dior did, reportedly costs $13,541 per day.
The Palais Bulles’ theatre, which overhangs the sea, caused trouble when it was built just a decade ago. Cardin went ahead with the project even though he did not receiving planning permission.
The idea of selling up has been on Cardin’s mind for some time. Three years ago, he spoke of wanting to offload his global label for more than £750million.
He hoped for a similar sum from the sale of his iconic Parisian restaurant Maxim, which is franchised in major cities throughout the world. Six years ago, he sold his textile businesses in China for £160 million.
He was the first fashion designer to exploit his brand to an unprecedented degree, putting his initials not only on his clothes but on thousands of products including frying pans and tins of sardines.
But, of late, he mused: ‘ I want to sell the entire brand. I know I will not be there in a few years and business must go on’.
What do you say? Is someone going to buy this bubble mansion?