David Collins, the man who put the taste into Britain’s restaurants, dies aged 58
David Collins, the interior designer whose “magic” touch changed the face of Britain’s most iconic restaurants, bars and hotels has died.
The Dublin-born designer, who worked with Alexander McQueen and remodelled the interiors of Harrods and the Hilton, passed away yesterday after a “short but valiant” battle with skin cancer.
Collins had initially trained as an architect before moving almost accidentally into the world of interior design after being asked to design a friend’s home. He set up the David Collins Studio in 1985, going on to work with luxury names such as Nobu Berkeley, J Sheekey and The Connaught Hotel’s bar.
In a statement the studio said that he had passed away at 1.20am surrounded by family and loved ones.
Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, owners of Rex Restaurant Associates, the brand behind restaurants including The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Colbert also expressed their condolences. “David understood restaurants so much more intuitively than almost any other interior designer,” the pair said in a statement. “What was perceived as his arrogance was actually born out of a deep and endearing insecurity. Even when the plaudits were ringing in his ears, it was never enough reassurance for him.”
Sue Timney, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, said yesterday: “I was utterly shocked, I still am, and I don’t think any of us will ever get over this. There is no one to replace him.
“Within our business David really was an inspiration. He had that magic. It wasn’t bling for the sake of bling. That’s what he was all about.”
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...