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The Legacy of David Collins

Known for his luxury restaurant and bar interiors that can be found all over London and in many places abroad we present you David Collins. An Irish born,  that had was an extremely talented interior designer with an architectural base.

David Collins died in 2013 and cause a  deeply greef in the fashion industry and design world everywhere. His work is continued now by the Collins Studio – interior design and decoration practise that himself established in 1985 in London.

Born in 1955 and raised in Dublin, Ireland, David Collins’s childhood ambitions might have denied the world some of the most treasured interiors of the 20th and 21st centuries. Fortuitously, his family put pay to fashion designer and musician aspirations while an aversion to Latin prevented a career in law. Instead, David followed in his father’s footsteps with a degree at Bolton Street School of Architecture

From Dublin, he travelled to Europe, settling in London where, in 1985, Serendipity would have him redecorate a friend’s home, a design that was later seen by Pierre Koffmann who enlisted David to design La Tante Claire. These projects were the foundations of the earliest iteration of David Collins studio; at that time, a modest practice specialising in small interior architectural jobs. Chance decisions and opportunities had led David to the point where he would determinedly begin to delineate his innovative creative vision.

From those early beginnings, David and his business partner Iain Watson set out to bring a new form of thinking to the design industry. The vision was clear: projects that are a sophisticated counterpoint between aesthetics and rationale. Inspired by the approach of 20th century modernist titans like Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, David and Iain envisaged a studio that employed a team covering all elements of interior and architectural practice. This multidisciplinary team facilitated a multifaceted approach ensuring an initial concept could be developed, detailed and successfully delivered through to the final stages, thereby adhering to van der Rohe’s adage that “god is in the details”.

Each David Collins studio project across hotels, restaurants, residential and retail, is a deeply textured interior that feels simultaneously contemporary and established, rooted in the life and traditions of its location and exemplifying the studio’s extraordinary capacity to reinvent and reinterpret the past.

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