Design Centre Stories

Designer Loves: David Collins Studio

As part of its First Look initiative, and as a preview to London Design Week 2021, the Design Centre asked top designers to choose their favourite products from this season’s new collections. Roslyn Keet, associate director of David Collins Studio, selects her wish-list below, and also explains more about her preferred palettes.

Is there a particular piece out of the products you’ve chosen that you can’t wait to put in a scheme? How do you envision using it?
The ‘Scarabeo’ jacquard velvet from Dedar is something high on my list to include in a scheme, on a feature piece of upholstery, contrasting against a calm scheme.

Did you discover anything on the First Look colour wheel that surprised you?
What surprised and inspired me was the strong emphasis on form and texture – whether it’s textural white plaster lights and mirrors, hammered metal hardware, a scalloped edge to a rug, embroidered wallcoverings or really beautifully woven fabrics, the products are all so beautiful. I love that the products are providing, after a challenging year, a moment of respite and beauty.

Is there a colour you are consistently drawn to in your work?
The studio is well known for its use of blue, but what is inspiring me right now is not an individual colour but rather creative atypical colour combinations that can be juxtaposed into really beautiful, interesting schemes.

What timeless colour should we all be embracing this year?
Anything sun-bleached pastel contrasted with crisp white – it’s a form of escapism.

See these products in person at London Design Week 2021 (16 – 21 May): register here

Dedar, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
George Spencer Designs, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Jennifer Manners Design, First Floor, Centre Dome
McKinnon and Harris, Second Floor, North Dome
Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre and South Domes
Samuel & Sons, Third Floor, Centre Dome
The Nanz Company, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome

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