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Established in 1985 by the Irish born, David Collins, the studio is an architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale. The creative director of David Collins studio is Simon Rawlings. Throughout his 16 years with the company, he has been fundamental in defining and implementing the studio’s creative vision, working in close collaboration with David Collins and the creative team.
The studio have 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. Works for private clients are no less impressive although they have developed a reputation for discretion as well as creativity in work designing homes for those who appreciate beauty, comfort and attention to detail.
Elegant Grade II listed villa in London, UK – 2008
This five bedroom home features a collection of eclectic, whimsical and refined twentieth century antiques together with bespoke furniture and lighting by David Collins studio Furniture and lighting includes an important Pierre Bobot gold lacquer screen and intricately carved chandeliers designed by the studio. The home utilizes a wide palette of colours and materials including a studded yellow leather card table and chairs and a study panelled in lavender lacquer.
10 Trinity Square in London, UK – 2011
A hotel and residential concept developed for kop properties at the landmark 10 Trinity Square in 2011. The building was originally created as the headquarters for the port of London authority in 1922. David Collins studio created a series of vignettes representing the 37 residences to be created within the project.
Alexander McQueen, 9 Savile Row in London, UK – 2012
The David Collins studio designed alexander McQueen menswear flagship store opened in October 2012 at 9 Savile row and is 210 square metres. The store is part of the on-going global collaboration between the studio and Sarah Burton, creative director of alexander McQueen (Kering). The space has been designed with a gallery aesthetic, retaining the original parquet flooring and framing the intricate plaster panels as artworks on the walls of the store. The rear of the store features a glass cube installation that is curated by Sadie Coles HQ.
Delaire Graff Estate Lodges in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Opened in April 2010, the Delaire Graff estate lodges and spa sit within the Helshoogte mountain pass outside cape town. Created for Laurence Graff Obe, owner of the Delaire Graff estate, the design of each lodge is inspired by the local cape Dutch architecture with a palette that takes inspiration from the backdrop of the wine lands. Grass papers, end grain flooring, polished plasters, hand woven rugs and textured leathers create a refined feel using indigenous materials. The hotel comprises a series of ten lodges that feature a collection of furniture designed by David Collins studio and fabricated locally in South Africa. The Delaire Graff estate is the winner of the “best grape estate” from wallpaper* magazine and was included in the “best new hotels 2011” by travel & leisure.
The Gate Suites at The London West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, USA
The gate suites at the London West Hollywood were designed by David Collins studio for the Blackstone Group in 2014. Located on the ninth floor of the hotel, the five gate suites each take their inspiration and their name from London’s iconic Hyde Park. Each suite measures 70 square metres. Their design features an evolution of the iconic David Collins studio designed furniture created for the hotel and artwork that interprets the Hyde Park gates created by the studio in collaboration with young British artists Alexander Innes and Eleanor Cunningham.
The Connaught Bar in London, UK
Created in 2008 for the Maybourne Hotel Group, the Connaught bar comprises three rooms featuring hand-dyed degrade leathers, metal studded black leather tables, and silver leaf mirror artwork created by David Collins studio. The bar is panelled in a hand-painted Hibernian landscape designed in collaboration with atelier Pierre Bonneville and realised in dusty pink, pistachio green, and pale lilac all framed in platinum silver leafed oak panels, representing the Irish landscape. The bar is the recipient of many awards including “best interior design of the year” (Elle Decoration) and best bar for sealing the deal (esquire man at the top awards).
The reputation the studio have built reflects their passion for design, hard work and interesting challenges that express their creativity. In 2014 David Collins studio joined Walpole British Luxury. In 2013 Walpole honoured David Collins with the lifetime achievement award.