The private collection of the designer David Collins is to be auctioned at Christie's King Street site in London next week. The auction house has collaborated with David Collins Studio to recreate parts of the designer's home.
Collins passed away last year at the age of 58. And for the designer's friends – and he collected many along the way – the pre-sale presentation was an affecting reminder of Collin's taste and talent for creating permanent sets that made movie stars of everyone.
His studio, thriving and with ongoing projects around the world, was as central to the remarkable renaissance of London's restaurant and hotel scene as any superstar chef, conjuring up a series of now iconic restaurant and bar interiors.
The designer expertly matched Deco and Mid-Century influences with a confident, controlled use of materials, creating spaces of cinematic sweep and glamour. And David Kendall, the studio's communications director, says, Collins used his home as a testing ground for new ideas. 'These are pieces that he loved. But he also used his home to try out ideas and develop them. His house was always evolving.'
The 200 lots in the sale include the studio's own designs but also a number of 20th-century French and Italian designs, including pieces by Marc du Plantier, Jean Royère, Christian Bérard and Nicolas Aubagnac – as well as photography from Wolfgang Tillmans, Steven Klein and Mario Testino.