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In Memoriam: David Collins

by habituallychic

07 . 17 . 13
The good thing about getting older is that everyone you know is doing something fabulous with their life.  The bad thing is that people you know and admire start passing away unexpectedly.  Today I learned of the death of one of my favorite London based interiors designers, David Collins. To say he was talented would be an understatement.  His gorgeous designs for some of the world’s top hotels and restaurants always left an impression, as did his beautiful use of color.  It was this use of color that caught my eye in his own apartment featured here.  I’ve posted David Collins’s work many times over the years and was lucky enough to receive a thank you from him that I will now treasure.  His death came swiftly after a skin cancer diagnosis and it’s an important reminder to always use sun protection. The world has lost a truly lovely and gifted gentleman and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. 

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  1. simplequietmodern July 17, 2013 | 10:02 pm

    Chic…it speaks for itself. A great post Heather, thank you.

  2. Running In Platforms July 17, 2013 | 10:37 pm

    Such stunning photos! Makes me want to totally redecorate!


  3. Laura Casey Interiors July 18, 2013 | 2:34 am

    Such an amazing talent. David will be greatly missed.

  4. Karen Albert July 18, 2013 | 4:15 am

    A loss will truly be felt; such a wonderful designer!

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  5. Alie July 18, 2013 | 4:34 am

    Oh my goodness. What a shock. He was one of my first interior design inspirations. I would (and will continue) to seek out his bars, restaurants and hotels. The Berkley blue bar was my initiation. He really transformed London interiors. A byword for glamour. What a terribly sad loss for the world. Thank you for honouring him.

  6. Katherine July 18, 2013 | 5:06 am

    Absolutely gorgeous spaces! So chic.


  7. Rachel Vann July 18, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    How sad! I was introduced to his work through your blog, and I loved it so much, it is actually the primary reason I became a subscriber. All of his work balances structure and sensuality beautifully, and I think that is why I love it so much.

  8. BRASWELL July 18, 2013 | 8:26 pm

    Saw where he passed + a great talent + he will be missed. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  9. Suzy July 19, 2013 | 1:48 am

    So terribly sad. I’m devastated.

  10. María Martínez July 22, 2013 | 10:15 am

    I adore his work. Nice post.