Diagnosed only three weeks ago, famed interior and hospitality designer David Collins lost his battle with skin cancer on Wednesday, July 17. He was 58.
A Dublin native, but London-based, Collins' work reached restaurants, hotels, bars and private residences from London to Moscow to New York City and back. Some of his best known works include the J Sheekey restaurant, The Wolseley cafe and The Delaunay restaurant.
Interior of the J Sheekey restaurant in London, designed by Collins
Restaurants, hotels and bars have been the focus of his company, David Collins Studio, which he founded in 1985, and he has also dabbled in fashion retail, recently creating the new generation of Alexander McQueen stores alongside the brand’s creative director, Sarah Burton.
A message posted on Collins' company website read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Collins following a short but valiant battle with cancer. David died…surrounded by his family and loved ones. A truly gifted and inspirational man who has left us with some of the most remarkable and treasured interiors."
Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the David Collins Tribute Fund, which will benefit those suffering from cancer. To donate, click here or call 0300 1000 200.
If you wish to write to David's family, please do so to the following address: Helen Collins, c/0 David Collins Studio, 74 Farm Lane, London, SW6 1QA.
A family funeral will be held in Dublin next week, and plans for a public memorial ceremony will be announced within the next few weeks.