Friday, July 19, 2013

Remembering David Collins

Snip20130718_136 {David Collins, designer of some of the world’s most iconic hospitality spaces, passed away in his sleep on July 17, 2013 surrounded by his family and friends. He was diagnosed with malignant skin cancer just three weeks ago.}

I was devastated to hear about the death of one of my design idols, David Collins of David Collins Studio this week. I've admired his work for so long. Each of his projects was exquisite and extraordinarily inspiring. David designed some of the most beautiful commercial spaces in the world. I will remember him fondly as he was always so kind to me, sending me a sweet personal note whenever I blogged about his work. We even talked about planning a visit to his studio the next time I was in London. David was only 58 when a very aggressive form of skin cancer took him much too soon. Instead of a traditional “Fabulous Room” feature this week, I leave you with many fabulous rooms designed by David over the years. I am deeply saddened by the loss of someone who has inspired me beyond measure and more than he could ever know, but his legacy will live on through his extraordinary work.

image {The Connaught Bar, London}

image{The Connaught Hotel, London}

 image {Massimo Restaurant at The Corinthia Hotel, London}

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{Northall Restaurant at The Corinthia Hotel, London}

image {The Corinthia Hotel, London}

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{Private Apartment, Bangkok}

image{ The Ritz-Carlton Residences Mahanakhon, Bangkok}

image{The London Hotel, New York}

image {The Wolseley Restaurant, London}

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{Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel, London}

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{Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel, London}

image {Claridge’s Bar at Claridge’s Hotel, London}

image {The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel, London}

image {Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest, England}

image {Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest, England}

image {Scarpetta Restaurant at Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach}

image{Alexander McQueen Boutique, Miami}

image {Alexander McQueen Men’s Store, Saville Row, London}

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{Images Courtesy of David Collins Studio}

9 comments:

Renee Stephens said...

Such a loss and much too soon. Such beautiful work.

Renee@Casa Stephens Interiors said...

Such a loss to the design world and of course, those who knew and loved him.

Nicole Michelle Centers said...

What a talent! So tragic...

Nicole

Karen Albert said...

Fabulous design projects, what a sad thing to lose David so young!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series

Hannah Maple said...

Unbelievably tragic. What gifts he left the design world with! His talent will always be revered!

Anne Hucker said...

A lovely post to honor him, and I appreciate seeing a large group of his work. His influence on the iconic hotels is incredible.

Best,
Anne

Laurel said...

Beautiful tribute to a great designer!

Anonymous said...

Unbelivable...to young to die.
A good work.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

I have always loved his work. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing!
Jamie Herzlinger