You’re in UK, and need to know whats on in London this week? Phillips auction house in London will host a special exhibition marking 30 years of the David Collins Studio, one of top 100 uk interior designers. Curated by Nick Vinson of one of the Top UK interior design magazines, Wallpaper magazine, this exhibition will take a generous sweep across the drawing boards of the legendary London decorator & interior design, the man behind some of the London’s most iconic luxury interior projects, including the Wolseley, Claridge’s Bar, and J. Sheekey. Every interior masterminded by the Irishman was known for a clever and often brilliant use of color (the baby-pink accents at London restaurant Bob Bob Ricard is the perfect example), glamorous materials, flattering lighting, and usually more than a few surprises.

Whats on in London Phillips auction house celebrates David Collins Interiors

As the title suggests, “Past Present Future” will also look at the works completed by the studio since its founder’s death in 2013. BRABBU give you a chance to be part of this exhibition and to be update of whats on in London. Here are some highlights from the last three decades.

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-Claridge’s bar, Claridge’s Hotel, London,1998

A relatively early project in the studio’s portfolio, but the Collins DNA is there in the flashes of Art Deco, symmetry, and inconspicuous light fixtures. And those velvet bar stools….

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-The Blue bar, the Berkeley hotel, London, 2000

Blue by name, not at all blue by nature. In the hands of Collins, this wall-to-wall dusky cornflower makes the room sing and shows that more is not necessarily less. Legend has it, Madonna loved it so much, she asked for something similar in one of her homes.


-The London NYC, New York, 2007

One of many U.S. commissions, the 561-suite London hotel in midtown—and particularly its travertine lobby—shows how adept the studio has always been at designing instant icons.

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-Bob Bob Ricard, London,2008

Who else would you hire to design a ritzy Russian-themed restaurant but David Collins Studio? The result is appropriately swanky and gave the world what must be one of Instagram’s most popular uploads: that iconic “Press for Champagne” button next to every table. Collins was known for his sense of humor, too.

Whats on in London Phillips auction house celebrates David Collins Interiors-Bob Bob Ricard London

-The apartment at the Connaught, London, 2009

A pitched-roof, sumptuous 3,000-square-foot masterpiece at the Mayfair hotel features a private balcony, a dining room, and two bedrooms. The design is stunning yet simultaneously cozy.


-Alexander McQueen, Madison Avenue, New York, 2013

David Collins Studio’s work for McQueen (flagships in Tokyo, New York, and Paris) showed that it can do (relatively) pared-back luxury, too: monochrome, gothic pared-back luxury, that is.

Alexander McQueen, Madison Ave, NY, 2013 David Collins Architecture and Design, London

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-Vogue Lounge, Bangkok, 2014

Part of the new MahaNakhon development in the Thai capital, the Vogue Lounge restaurant and bar was created in collaboration with Condé Nast. Timeless black-and-white glamour, inspired by the Vogue photography archive, makes this the perfect place to strike a pose.

Whats on in London Phillips auction house celebrates David Collins Interiors-Vogue Lounge Bangkok

So, are you excited to see whats on in London this weekend?