David Collins (interior designer)

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David Collins
Born1 March 1955
Dublin, Ireland
Died17 July 2013
London, England
EducationBolton Street School of Architecture
OccupationInterior designer

David Collins (1955–2013) was an Irish architect who specialised in designing the interiors of bars and restaurants in London.

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Early life

David Collins was born in Dublin, Ireland on 1 March 1955. [1] He studied architecture at the Bolton Street School of Architecture in Dublin. [1] [2]

Dublin Capital city of Ireland

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it lies within the province of Leinster. It is bordered on the south by the Dublin Mountains, a part of the Wicklow Mountains range. It has an urban area population of 1,173,179, while the population of the Dublin Region as of 2016 was 1,347,359. The population of the Greater Dublin Area was 1,904,806 per the 2016 census.


He established the David Collins Studio, an interior design firm based in London, in 1985. [2] One of his first interior designs was chef Pierre Koffmann's La Tante Claire in Chelsea. [1] He then designed chef Marco Pierre White's Harvey's in 1988. [1] Later, he designed The Gilbert Scott, chef Marcus Wareing's restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. [1] Another Wareing restaurant that he designed was the Blue Bar in Belgravia. [1] 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. [1] [2] He also designed retail interiors for Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Harrods. [2]

Pierre Koffmann is a British professional chef. He was one of a handful of chefs in the United Kingdom to have been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars at his restaurant La Tante Claire in London. Until December 2016 he was the head chef of Koffmann's at The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

La Tante Claire was a restaurant in Chelsea, London, which opened in 1977 and closed in 2004. Owned and operated by Pierre Koffmann, it gained three Michelin stars in 1983, and held all three until the restaurant moved premises in 1998. It was sold to Gordon Ramsay for his flagship restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Chelsea, London area of central London, England, historically in the county of Middlesex.

Chelsea is an affluent area of South West London, bounded to the south by the River Thames. Its river frontage runs from Chelsea Bridge along the Chelsea Embankment, Cheyne Walk, Lots Road and Chelsea Harbour. Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne, which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square Underground station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and Brompton, but it is considered that the area north of King's Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

Additionally, he designed The Charles, an apartment building on the Upper East Side in New York City. [3] 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. [4] [5]

The Charles is a building on the Upper East Side in New York City.

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Madonna (entertainer) American singer-songwriter and actress

Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of songwriting in mainstream popular music and for the imagery she uses onstage and in music videos. She has frequently reinvented her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Although having sparked controversy, her works have been praised by music critics. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists.


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." [6]


Collins died in London on 17 July 2013 from melanoma only three weeks after being diagnosed. [1] [2]

Melanoma malignant neoplasm originating from melanocytes

Melanoma, also known as malignant melanoma, is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. Melanomas typically occur in the skin, but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines, or eye. In women, they most commonly occur on the legs, while in men they are most common on the back. Sometimes they develop from a mole with changes such as an increase in size, irregular edges, change in color, itchiness, or skin breakdown.


A book that Collins had been working on was published posthumously in May 2014 - ABCDCS:David Collins Studio, Assouline.

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