That David Collins was an interior design genius and continues to inspire many young designers we already know. What you might not know is that he also found inspiration in one of his most famous works (The Blue Bar at the Berkeley Hotel in London) to completely transform the design of a Manhattan’s private home. And, of course, the result couldn’t be anything other than jaw-dropping.
The Blue Bar, at the Berkeley Hotel in London, is without a doubt Collins most famous work, having won the title of Best Bar in 2009, by Time Out London. So make sure to take an observative look at this incredible design, because what we’re about to show you might have a few resemblances.
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As it might be clear at a first glance, the iconic Blue Bar combined several classic details (by Sir Edwin Lutyens) with other elements associated with contemporary design. This signalled a new trend in the hotel lifestyle. And that’s why at The Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2016, this amazing design – The Collins Room – took his starting point from that emblematic interior design and reinterpreted it to suit the design of a private home in Manhattan.It was David Collins Studio creative director Simon Rawlings who set the tone for the whole house, by making the entryway filled with a sense of opulence and refined comfort, with a few details that lighten the formal ambience. Rawlings achieved this design by using unexpected colours and materials, “including a new interpretation of the Lutyens blue panelling by Farrow & Ball”.
The black and white striped stone floor, and the “David Collins Studio for Baker bespoke hand-screened chiyogami wallpaper”, created exclusively for the 2016 Show House in lapis, claret and gold, make the whole room feel like a million dollars, transporting us back to The Blue Bar in London.
Ultimately, David Collins’ trademark use of a luxurious combination of colours and textures was balanced with collaborations from various partners of the David Collins Studio, such as Promemoria, Assouline and artist Alexander Innes. These partnerships made possible – as stated by the Studio itself – “to take those visiting The Collins Room on a journey through the Studio’s visual world”.
Photos Source/Credit: David Collins Studio
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