Discover the Design Legacy of David Collins ⇒ David Collins has left an incredible legacy behind, from luxury hotels to exquisite restaurants. Each of the studio’s project is a deeply textured interior and 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. Today, Decor and Style brings a little bit more about one of the greatest British designers of all time.
Born in Dublin, in 1955, David Collins is considered one of the best interior designers of the XX and XXI century. With a degree at Bolton Street School of Architecture, Collins travelled to London, where he settled. And it was in Great Britain’s capital that he would catch the eye of Pierre Koffmann, who was amazed by a redecoration project Collins had developed in one of his friends’ house.
His innovative and creative vision gave place to David Collins Studio, where David and his business partner, Iain Watson, brought a new form of thinking to the design industry. A combination of aesthetics, rationale and attention to details set the tone, influenced by giants like Le Corbusier or Mies Van Der Rohe, in projects full of elegance and sophistication.
The studio has been involved in designing unique projects for a wide range of clients, both in the commercial worlds of high fashion as well as the design of some of London’s most loved and revered restaurants, hotels and bars. After 28 years of growth, the studio now employs over fifty staff-members, all handpicked from the best talent available. The studio is involved in a range of projects as creative lead consultants, ranging from £1 million to exclusive global developments with budgets of over £100 million.
Some of his most iconic projects are The Connaught Bar in London, that comprises three rooms featuring hand-dyed degrade leathers, metal-studded black leather tables, and silver leaf mirror artwork created by David Collins Studio; and The Artesian Bar, in The Langham Hotel in London, that takes its eclectic inspiration from the Victorian cabinets of curiosities featuring hidden textures, details and references.
The reinvention of the past and the deeply textured interiors are part of David Collins’ legacy in hotels, restaurants, retail and residential houses. And although he sadly left us in 2013, after twenty-eight years in the interiors business, this legacy of him never stopped and continues nowadays.