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Rebecca Hughes


The Legacy of David Collins

The Interior Design Community suffered a huge loss last week, at the news of David Collins (David Collins Studio) tragic death. The Dublin-born designer, whose work had famously enlightened some of the most beautiful commercial spaces around the world, passed away after being recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form of skin cancer.

[The Ritz-Carlton Residences Mahanakhon, Bangkok]

Collins initially trained as an architect at Dublin's Bolton Street School of Architecture. His move into the world of interiors was almost by accident, after being asked to design a friend's home following his resignation from a secure job. He later set up the David Collins Studio in 1985, going on to work with luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Nobu Berkeley and J Sheekey. He also remodeled the interiors of Harrods, The Hilton and The Connaught hotel's bar.

[The Connaught Bar, London]

What I always found inspiring about David Collins’ designs was that his work was both exquisite and innovative yet tasteful; often characterised by his use of saturated colour, his affection for shades of blue and use of layered textures and finishes. He merged luxury, glamour and heritage in a unique and distinctive fashion.

[The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel, London]

Our thoughts are very much with his family (his two sisters, his brother and mother) for their tragic loss. David’s creativity and passion for beauty will be cherished and remain with us for many years to come. Sue Timney, the President of the British Institute of Interior Design, put it best when she said about Collin’s death:

“I don’t think any of us will ever get over this. There is no one to replace him. Within our business David really was an inspiration. He had that magic.”

[Private Residential, London]


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