Sixteen years ago David Collins Studio created The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel in London. The now iconic bar combined classical details by Sir Edwin Lutyens with elements of contemporary design and signalled a new trend in hotels with the birth of the destination bar. At the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2016, The Collins Room took its starting point from The Blue Bar, and reinterpreted the design for a private home.
Simon Rawlings, Creative Director of David Collins Studio, set the tone for the house by giving the entrance hall a sense of grandeur and refined ease with playful touches that leaven the formality of the space. This was achieved through the unexpected use of colour and materials including a new interpretation of the Lutyens Blue panelling by Farrow & Ball using their Cooks Blue paint, the striped monochrome stone floor, and the David Collins Studio for Baker bespoke hand-screened Chiyogami wallpaper, created exclusively for the 2016 Show House in lapis, claret and gold.
The luxurious combination of colours and textures, which is the hallmark of David Collins Studio’s projects, was complemented by collaborations with The Studio’s partners Baker, Emily Thompson Flowers, Promemoria, Assouline and artist Alexander Innes, to take those visiting The Collins Room on a journey through the Studio’s visual world.