INTRO TO: DAVID COLLINS
I've never been to Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard but it's high on my agenda. After coming across their logo online I think of Pinterest, I fell in love. I had no idea whose the logo was or what it was for but I loved it. Once I'd done my research and found out it was the famed Soho 'champagne button' restaurant I looked into its interior design and I fell in love with that too, naturally. Its dark blue and salmon pink colour scheme with brass fittings and an air of Art Deco (my favourite era) has even made it into my home in the design and styling of my bedroom. I noticed that the interior of Cafe Zedel also in Soho reminded me of the slight Art Deco nod at Bob Bob Ricard and I wasn't surprised when I learnt that they were created by the same mind. Who on earth was the interior designer behind such a unique expression of colour and style? David Collins.
David Collins was a British interior design legend, with restaurants and hotels being his speciality. Designing interiors for the likes of restaurants and bars such as The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel, The Wolesley, Claridge's Bar and Nobu in Mayfair to commercial retail spaces for the likes of Alexander McQueen, David has serious versatility but that thread of his own unique style subtly linking each space. Why do I keep referring to David in past tense? In 2013 he discovered he had a vicious form of skin cancer, and just three weeks later he sadly passed.
Take a look at just a selection of my favourite Collins interiors, and visit his website for more images.
Though I've only recently discovered Collin's work I can't help but feel a little sad at the loss of such a great designer to the industry. I'm finding a date to visit Bob Bob Ricard and pay my respects to Collin's in the way that an interior designer would: soaking in the atmosphere and ambience of a great space.