David Collins was undoubtedly one of the best interior designers of his time.
Gone too ahead of its time, suddenly passing away in 2013, Collins was, during his lifetime, a top interior designer, inspiring others and creating some of the most beautiful interior designs this world has ever seen.
Photo Source: The Independent
Born into a family of architects in Dublin, March 1955, young David Collins early seemed to show an interest in everything connected to light and design. Pursuing an architectural degree at the Bolton Street School of Architecture, Collins decided to change his path and, upon finishing his bachelor’s degree, he decided to proceed with his professional life by becoming an interior designer. From there, he decided to move to London, where he had the chance to redecorate a friend’s house. This project would become the early stage of the creation of his own firm, the David Collins Studio. This came to be in 1985 when the studio was mainly “specialising in small interior architectural jobs”. However, Collins and his partner, Iain Watson, quickly had to start innovating and changing their creative vision. This particular vision, nonetheless, was very clear to them: “projects that are a sophisticated counterpoint between aesthetics and rationale”.
With this spirit in mind, Collins Studio and David himself have been collecting many prizes along the years, such as:
Best Bar in 2009, by Time Out London, with the project “The Blue Bar” in the Berkeley Hotel in London
Best Interior Design of the Year of 2009, by Elle Decoration British Design Awards, with the project “The Connaught Bar“, at The Connaught in London;
World’s Best Bar in 2016, by Cocktail Spirited Awards, again with the project “The Connaught Bar”, at The Connaught in London.
Restaurant of the Year of 2013, by Tater, with the project “Colbert” in London
Best Bar in the World in 2015, by World’s Fifty Best Bars, with the project “Artesian“, at the Langham Hotel in London
Prix Versailles in 2016, with the project “Alexander McQueen” in Paris
Aside from these and many more interior design awards, David Collins also received praise as a designer winning Designer of the Year in 2011, by Quintessentially and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, by Walpole.
And even though his studio is mostly recognized because of its works and partnerships with renowned brands such as Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo, and worldly famous hotels like The Connaught and the Berkeley Hotel in London, Collins Studio does also an amazing job with private clients.
Keep scrolling to see some other interior designs by Collins and his outstanding team, keeping an eye out for the key role that the color blue plays in most of Collins designs.
The Collins Room in Manhattan
Sky Residence at the Ritz-Carlton in Mahanakhon, Bangkok
The London NYC in Manhattan
Vogue Lounge in Mahanakhon Cube, Bangkok
Photos Source/Credit: David Collins Studio
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