An Irish-born, extremely talented interior designer with an architectural education – David Collins. Best recognized for his luxury restaurant and bar interiors that can be found all over London and in many places abroad. His sudden death in 2013 moved deeply fashion and design world everywhere. His work is continued now by the David Collins Studio – interior design and decoration practice he established in 1985 in London. Let’s have a look at some projects now!
Elegant Grade II listed villa in London, UK
This five-bedroom home features a collection of eclectic, whimsical and refined twentieth-century antiques together with bespoke David Collins Studio furniture and lighting. Furniture and lighting include an important Pierre Bobot gold lacquer screen and intricately carved chandeliers designed by the studio. The home utilizes a wide palette of colors and materials including a studded yellow leather card table and chairs and a study paneled in lavender lacquer. This project was realized in 2008.
10 Trinity Square in London, UK
A hotel and residential concept developed for KOP Properties at the landmark 10 Trinity Square in 2011. The building was originally created as the headquarters for the Port of London authority in 1922. David Collins Studio created a series of vignettes representing the 37 residences to be created within the project.
Alexander McQueen, 9 Savile Row in London, UK
The David Collins Studio designed Alexander McQueen menswear flagship store opened in October 2012 at 9 Savile Row and is 210 square meters. The store is part of the ongoing global collaboration between the studio and Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen (Kering). The space has been designed with a gallery aesthetic, retaining the original parquet flooring and framing the intricate plaster panels as artworks on the walls of the store. The rear of the store features a glass cube installation that is curated by Sadie Coles HQ.
Delaire Graff Estate Lodges in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Opened in April 2010, the Delaire Graff estate lodges and spa sit within the Helshoogte mountain pass outside cape town. Created for Laurence Graff Obe, owner of the Delaire Graff Estate, the design of each lodge is inspired by the local cape Dutch architecture with a palette that takes inspiration from the backdrop of the wine lands. Grass papers, end grain flooring, polished plasters, hand-woven rugs and textured leathers create a refined feel using indigenous materials. The hotel comprises a series of ten lodges that feature a collection of furniture designed by David Collins Studio and fabricated locally in South Africa. The Delaire Graff Estate is the winner of the “best grape estate” from wallpaper* magazine and was included in the “best new hotels 2011” by travel & leisure.
The Gate Suites at The London West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, USA
The gate suites at the London West Hollywood were designed by David Collins studio for the Blackstone Group in 2014. Located on the ninth floor of the hotel, the five gate suites each take their inspiration and their name from London’s iconic Hyde Park. Each suite measures 70 square meters. Their design features an evolution of the iconic David Collins studio-designed furniture created for the hotel and artwork that interprets the Hyde Park gates created by the studio in collaboration with young British artists Alexander Innes and Eleanor Cunningham.
Bob Bob Ricard in Soho, London, UK
BBR is a brasserie inspired by the romance of early 20th-century travel, the idea of the train éclair de luxe, by the wagon-lits, and by the grand brasseries and hotels of central Europe. The brand insignia, designed by David Collins studio, has been incorporated throughout the design. Using finishes including marbles, terrazzo and custom ikat and kaleidoscopic wallpapers, a fin de siècle world has been created. BBR is the recipient of Best Booth Award (Wallpaper*) and Best New Design (Time Out).
Bassoon, Corinthia Hotel in London, UK
Opened in April 2011, Bassoon explores the parallels between music and design. The bar is at once contemporary and elegant but never takes itself too seriously, featuring a 20-foot grand piano bar. The bar has been created for Corinthian hotels with 60 covers. The hotel sits on the site of the former metropole hotel.
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