David Collins, founder of the well-known London-based interior design studio with the same name, died last Wednesday after a short battle with skin cancer. Collins was best known for the design of famous restaurants including The Wolseley, Nobu, Massimo in London and many more in the USA and abroad. He also designed for various hotels and wellness facilities as well as the occasional residential project.
Massimo Restaurant and Oyster bar designed by David Collins. Image source: Dezeen.com
A message on his website reads “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Collins following a short but valiant battle with cancer.”
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Loyal reader Arjan commented on my previous post with the suggestion to check out the PK80 by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. I found this image that I just had to share as it would’ve surely been included in the post if I had found it. I love the grey faded woods with the credenza combined with the cognac leather upholstered PK80. A true gem this….
PK80 by Poul Kjærholm
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CPB 2101 fire screen
His royal hunkiness Swedish Prince Carl Philip had designer aspirations. To prove his abilities he designed a series of cutlery and more recently, this cast iron fire screen. The design has historical references: On May 7th 1697, a large fire broke out in Tre Kronor castle in Stockholm, burning most of it down to the ground. It has since been restored, but this screen works as a constant reminder of what fire can do. Set in the fireplace, it will be almost like a small theater stage, with the blazing fire behind the black iron.
Available exclusively through Svenskt Tenn, a Swedish high-end department store.
All images courtesy of Nathalie Lete
Paris based artist Nathalie Lété was born in 1964 from German and Japanese parents. It might be this mixed background that explains that her work is both extremely girly, as favoured by many Japanese women, and pure craftmanship that likely derives from her German side. But whatever her inspiration or drive, her work is fabulous.
Sometimes the images she uses tend to be hallucinative almost, yet they are all good and happy trips. Children, gay men and mums alike will love the cereal bowls with bunny rabbits looking up at you saying ‘C’est Bon’ (it’s good). There are birds, butterflies and squirels dancing around on bedlinnen, tins, bracelets and bags. And smiling Labradoodles barking in French from small breakfast plates… And every single item has that certain je ne sais quoi the French seem to be born with. You want to buy it, own it!
It’ no wonder that big names such as fashion designer Issey Miyake, ceramists Astier de Villatte and fabrics imperium Designers Guild wanted to work with her.
Check her work here.. you won’t be sorry!