David Collins (interior designer)
1 March 1955|
17 July 2013|
|Cause of death||melanoma|
|Education||Bolton Street School of Architecture|
David Collins (1955–2013) was an Irish architect who specialised in designing the interiors of bars and restaurants in London.
He established the David Collins Studio, an interior design firm based in London, in 1985. One of his first interior designs was chef Pierre Koffmann's La Tante Claire in Chelsea. He then designed chef Marco Pierre White's Harvey's in 1988. Later, he designed The Gilbert Scott, chef Marcus Wareing's restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Another Wareing restaurant that he designed was the Blue Bar in Belgravia. He went on to design The Wolseley, the Delaunay Hotel, J Sheekey, Brasserie Zédel, Colbert, Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, and Nobu Berkeley St. He also designed retail interiors for Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Harrods.
Additionally, he designed The Charles, an apartment building on the Upper East Side in New York City. He was a close friend of Madonna: he designed her London and New York apartments and she used a poem that he wrote as the basis of her 1998 song "Drowned World/Substitute for Love", for which he received a co-writing credit.
David Collins’s design and aesthetic has had a huge impact. Simon Mills of Wallpaper* magazine said that "It is no exaggeration to say that the restaurant and hotel revolution in London of the last two decades would not have been the same without him."
A book that Collins had been working on was published posthumously in May 2014 - ABCDCS:David Collins Studio, Assouline.
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- Alexander, Ella (17 July 2013), "London's Great Interior Designer David Collins Dies", Vogue
- Julie Satow, Higher Prices Migrate to Far Upper East Side The New York Times, March 7, 2014
- Ciccone, Madonna (2014-05-27). "The Tribute: Madonna on Mr David Collins". MrPorter.com. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
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- Magazine, Wallpaper*. "David Collins Studio | Wallpaper* Magazine". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
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