David Collins Studio reveals a wealth of projects at Phillips

Imagine a London without Claridge’s Bar, the Wolseley, J Sheekey, Nobu or Bob Bob Ricard. Or even without Pret a Manger, Eat or Harrods' 'Shoe Heaven'. Not only would it fail to be half as vibrant a city, but it wouldn’t be London. These spaces, and the myriad others designed by David Collins Studio over the last 30 years, define some of the most iconic aspects of London’s hospitality sector.

Phillips auction house in London is hosting a special two-day exhibition
This week, Phillips auction house in London is hosting a special two-day exhibition, marking three decades of David Collins Studio
(Image credit: Alexander McQueen)

Imagine a London without Claridge’s Bar, the Wolseley, J Sheekey, Nobu or Bob Bob Ricard. Or even without Pret a Manger, Eat or Harrods' 'Shoe Heaven'. Not only would it fail to be half as vibrant a city, but it wouldn’t be London. These spaces, and the myriad others designed by David Collins Studio over the last 30 years, define some of the most iconic aspects of London’s hospitality sector.

This week, Phillips auction house is hosting a special two-day exhibition, marking three decades since the late interior designer David Collins (1955 – 2013) first established the eponymous studio. Curated by Wallpaper’s own Nick Vinson, with sets designed by Leila Letchin (another alumni of this publication), ‘Past Present Future’ provides a chance to celebrate and showcase the studio’s body of work since its inception in 1985.

David Collins has long been known for his clever use of colour, and famously once said that he would never use a colour not found in nature (though thanks to his extensive travels, nature’s natural spectrums never proved too limiting).

As the title suggests, 'Past Present Future' will also provide an opportunity to explore the studio’s current and upcoming projects, many of which are phenomenal in scale.

Historical references are a key theme in these interiors, though no one could ever label them old fashioned or pastiche. Instead, they are modern, fashionable spaces that unfailingly balance a grand sense of occasion with an understanding of scale and proportion. ‘Timeless’ to David Collins does not mean classic or neutral – rather, it embodies a sense of the enduringly spectacular.

Now under the leadership of its senior management team (and guardians of the company's heritage) – Iain Watson, Simon Rawlings, David Kendall and Lewis Taylor – David Collins Studio continues to evolve and grow at an impressive rate.

Staying true to Collins’ ethos and trademarks – glamorous materials, extensive and often surprising attention to detail and that all-important flattering lighting – the designers continue to redefine interior design on a global scale. New projects include the Alexander McQueen flagship stores (opens in new tab) (most recently the duplex on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, but also including spaces in Miami, London, New York and Tokyo), the Continental restaurant (opens in new tab) at Pacific Place Hong Kong, and the Garden Lounge (opens in new tab) at the Corinthia Hotel, London.

As David Collins Studio looks forward to the next 30 years, this is a chance for London to celebrate some of the wonderfully conceived spaces in its midst.

the studio’s body of work since its inception in 1985.

‘Past Present Future’ provides a chance to celebrate and showcase the studio’s body of work since its inception in 1985. Pictured: ‘Past Present Future’ installation view.

(Image credit: Kensington Laverne)

Artesian bar at the Langham Hotel

The show is curated by Wallpaper’s own Nick Vinson, with sets designed by Leila Letchin. Pictured: Artesian bar at the Langham Hotel, London, UK, 2008

(Image credit: Artesian bar)

Claridge’s Bar, the Wolseley, J Sheekey, Nobu or Bob Bob Ricard

Imagine a London without Claridge’s Bar, the Wolseley, J Sheekey, Nobu or Bob Bob Ricard. Or even without Pret a Manger, Eat or Harrods' 'Shoe Heaven'... Pictured: ‘Past Present Future’ installation view.

(Image credit: Kensington Laverne)

Artesian bar at the Langham Hotel

Not only would it fail to be half as vibrant a city, but it wouldn’t be London. Pictured: Bob Bob Ricard, London, 2008

(Image credit: Bob Bob Ricard)

David Collins Studio

‘Past Present Future’ installation view.

(Image credit: Kensington Laverne)

London’s hospitality sector

These spaces, and the myriad others designed by the studio over the last 30 years, define some of the most iconic aspects of London’s hospitality sector. Pictured: David Collins' home, London, 2008

(Image credit: David Collins)

David Collins Studio

‘Past Present Future’ installation view.

(Image credit: Kensington Laverne)

key theme in these interior

Though historical references are a key theme in these interiors, no one could ever label them old fashioned or pastiche.

(Image credit: Jimmy Choo, Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles)

Louis Leeman

Instead, they are modern, fashionable spaces that unfailingly balance a grand sense of occasion with an understanding of scale and proportion.

(Image credit: Louis Leeman, Madison Avenue, Manhattan, USA)

three bed apartment at the MahaNakhon Ritz-Carlton Residences

’Timeless’ to David Collins does not mean classic or neutral – rather, it embodies a sense of the enduringly spectacular. Pictured: three bed apartment at the MahaNakhon Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok, Thailand

(Image credit: MahaNakhon Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok, Thailand)

redefine interior design on a global scale

Staying true to the late Collins’ ethos and trademarks – glamorous materials, extensive and often surprising attention to detail and that all-important flattering lighting – the studio's current designers continue to redefine interior design on a global scale.

(Image credit: Nobu, Berkeley Street, London, 2005)

The Berkeley London

Pétrus at The Berkeley, London, 2003

(Image credit: The Berkeley, London, 2003)

The Blue Bar

The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, London, 2000

(Image credit: The Berkeley, London, 2000)

The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar, London, 2008

(Image credit: The Connaught Bar, London, 2008)

The Continental at Pacific Place

(Image credit: The Continental at Pacific Place, Hong Kong, 2014)

The London Bar

The London Bar at The London West Hollywood, USA

(Image credit: The London Bar at The London West Hollywood, USA)

The Wolseley London

The Wolseley, London, 2003

(Image credit: The Wolseley, London, 2003)

crochet pattern footstool

A 2013 collaboration with Wallpaper* Handmade – a three-dimensional crochet pattern footstool, based on exploding atoms, flowers and molecules, and exhibited at Milan's Salone del Mobile

(Image credit: Milan’s Salone del Mobile)

INFORMATION
’Past Present Future’ is on view until tomorrow (23 October)

ADDRESS

Phillips
30 Berkeley Square
London, W1J 6EX

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