"When I look around my houses in New York or London I am struck by what an influence he has had on me. He has left his souvenirs everywhere. His touch, his taste, his flair, his blue."- Madonna
"I have always wanted to see things I imagine made into a reality," declared renowned architect David Collins, a statement that rings powerfully true in the projects of his eponymous studio. Featuring a foreword by Madonna, Abcdcs showcases a bold portfolio of images that manifest an interior designer's wildest dreams. Presented alphabetically to reveal his myriad influences and inspirations, this volume is an aesthetically arresting journey from A to Z.
The much-loved and talented David Collins set up his eponymous Studio in 1985, assiduously gathering around him an expert team of designers and architects of diverse disciplines. Across the next 28 years, David Collins Studio has redefined how people live in public and private, creating timeless and beautiful spaces, each of which exhibits a definitive sense of place, whether a hotel, restaurant, residence or retail space.
About the Author
Born and raised in Dublin, David Collins graduated from the Bolton Street School of Architecture. From Dublin, he travelled to Europe, settling in London where, in 1985, he redecorated a friend's home, a design that was later seen by Pierre Koffmann who enlisted David to design the restaurant La Tante Claire. These projects were the foundations of the earliest iteration of David Collins Studio.
Inspired by the approach of 20th century modernist titans like Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, David and Iain Watson, his business partner, envisaged a studio that employed a team covering all elements of interior and architectural practice. Over the course of his career, David Collins gathered around him designers of diverse disciplines. Each David Collins Studio project across hotels, restaurants, residential and retail, is a deeply textured interior that feels simultaneously contemporary and established, rooted in the life and traditions of its location and exemplifying The Studio's extraordinary capacity to reinvent and reinterpret the past.