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Established in 1985, David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy that continues the legacy of its founder, David Collins, an Irish architect that specialized in designing interiors for hospitality projects in London and around the world. Although he’s no longer with us, David Collins Studio continues his work towards redefining luxury interior design on a global scale.
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The David Collins Studio’s work gets its inspiration in many different sources, without ever being too obvious, like art, cinema, music, fashion, architecture, literature, philosophy, geography, and history. Their skill is in distilling all of this into an environment which belongs to no specific era or discipline. It is the instinct to look to the past without nostalgia. To reference history without the slide towards pastiche.
David Collins Studio has created 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, designing homes for those who appreciate beauty, comfort and attention to detail.
The reputation the David Collins Studio has 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.
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.
Opened in April 2011, Bassoon explores the parallels between music and design. The bar is at once contemporary and elegant but never takes itself too seriously, featuring a 20-foot grand piano-bar. The bar has been created for Corinthian hotels with 60 covers. The hotel sits on the site of the former Metropole Hotel.
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).
David Collins Studio is definitely a global synonym of beauty and luxury, with its founder vision guiding the team’s vision towards a design that it’s impossible to be defined by an era. You can visit their website here.