THE EXTRA ORDINARY COLLECTION OF AN EXTRA ORDINARY DESIGNER: LUXURY – COLOUR – TEXTURE, THE COLLECTION of DAVID COLLINS at CHRISTIE’S LONDON





 
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The talents of the multi-hyphenated David Collins and its manifestations in our lives have been storied in manifold articles on this blog since its creation, and today’s feature will reveal this time not the illustrious and magical bars, restaurants, hotels and stores Collins is associated and revered for around the world, but one of his residential projects. And a special one at that. His very own house and its ‘eclectibles’.


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On 4 November, 2014 at 1pm at King Street, Christie’s will be offering at auction the collection of renowned interior architect David Collins. Following his untimely death in 2013, the estate sale, aptly named “Luxury – Colour – Texture, The Collection of David Collins”, crystallises his subtle yet distinctive vision that now pervades the contemporary aesthetic and urban landscape. His imagination and creativity brought to fruition luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. The projects created by his eponymous Studio, that carries the designer’s name and keeps his legacy alive and prosperous, represent deeply-textured interiors that feel simultaneously contemporary yet established, rooted in the life and traditions of their respective locations and exemplifying the designer’s extraordinary capacity to reinvent and reinterpret the past. Comprising 200 lots and with estimates ranging from £300 to £60,000, the sale is expected to realise in the region of £1 million.



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The official preview being scheduled only this evening, A-Gent of Style was thrilled to be given an exclusive preview and private tour of the exhibition last night by Christie’s sales specialist Jeremy Morrison and Jodi Feder, Brand Manager of David Collins Studio – . As he walked up the main staircase into the Great Room and its annex on the first floor, A-Gent of Style couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder as the beautifully and meticulously curated room sets and vignettes unravelled before his eyes revealing for the first time the objets in situ – principally of or inspired by mid-century French taste, either vintage or manufactured by the Studio – that so far had only been available to see in print or online, and therefore permeated with a certain mystique.

This seminal sale and accompanying exhibition will provide discerning collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to, firstly, see the contents of mainly one unique house (Bramham Gardens, Kensington), to recognise the ultimate legacy of an aesthete before its dissipation to disparate new owners, and also to acquire exemplary works of art, pieces of furniture and memorabilia from Collins’s personal world.

Despite the undeniable sense of bittersweet feelings when the extra ordinary collection of an extra ordinary tastemaker such as David Collins is dispersed after a sale, the tangible sense of thrill and intrigue as to which appreciative acquisitors will win the bids and carry on his legacy and memory through his belongings and creations as well as the anticipation of seeing said objects resurface at auctions in the future (and then find out their new values!) only serve to make us realise that David Collins’s journey to enhance our lives is far from over.

 

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Among the furniture, lighting, works of art, photographs and pictures by major 20th Century designers and artists included in the sale are works by Marc du Plantier, Jean Royère, Fontana Arte, Christian Bérard, Line Vautrin, Ado Chale, Wolfgang Tillmans, Steven Klein (including two photographs from the series ‘Madonna Rides Again’, which were a gift from Madonna), Nicolas Aubagnac, and Mario Testino. These are complemented by works conceived by the late David Collins and his eponymous Studio, in their signature style.

Highlights include a pair of floor lights by Paul Dupré-Lafon (estimate £30,000 – 50,000), a glass coffee table by Fontana Arte (£8,000 – 12,000) and a portrait of an acrobat by the French painter Christian Bérard (estimate £40,000 – 60,000).

To view the full catalogue, click here.


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A special thanks to Christie’s and Jeremy Morrison, Senior Director and the sale specialist, and Jodi Feder at David Collins Studio for their help, trust and support.

– Photos by Christie’s, David Collins Studio and A-Gent of Style –



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LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2014: THE HIGHLIGHTS



 

 

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Until the next installment of Design Week next spring, here are A-Gent of Style‘s picks of his favourite stands at Decorex this year at Syon Park (including the Redloh House Fabrics stand he worked on, of course) and some of the highlights he had the great fortune to attend. A busy, enthralling week.


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De Gournay

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De Gournay

 

World of Interiors

World of Interiors

 

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Eley Kishimoto

 

Redloh House Fabrics

Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Redloh House Fabrics

 

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Vanderhurd

Vanderhurd

 

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The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

 

 

Sir John Soane museum

Sir John Soane museum

 

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Sir John Soane’s museum





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Fromental

Fromental

 

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Locker & Riley

 

Little Greene

Little Greene

 

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Little Greene

Little Greene

 

Tape Cafe

Tape Cafe

 

Dering Hall

Dering Hall

 

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Dandylion

 

Konig colours

Konig colours

 

Bert Frank

Bert Frank

 

Munna

Munna

 

Christopher Jenner

Christopher Jenner

 

House & Garden

House & Garden

 

Pouenat

Pouenat

 

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Stevensons of Norwich



Atkey & Company

Atkey & Company Ltd

 

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Atkey & Company

 

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

 

Studio Lucid

Studio Lucid



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A Rum Fellow

A Rum Fellow

 

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A Rum Fellow




Loomah

Loomah

 

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Thibault

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Heir by Edward Bulmer with Soane Britain

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates



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A Rake’s Progress – The Levee by Nigel Coates

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Marriage by Kit Kemp with De Gournay

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental



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A Rake’s Progress – The Orgy by Russell Sage with Fromental

 

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A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



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A Rake’s Progress – The Arrest by Peter Phan with Andrew Martin, Samuel & Sons and Simpsons



Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

Waterworks soiree hosted by Nina Campbell

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner

 

The LAPADA dinner

The LAPADA dinner

 

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The LAPADA dinner, guest at the Soane Britain’s table

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

Christie's Noble House sale preview

Christie’s Noble House sale preview

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

House & Garden book launch for Fifties House at Home House

 

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PHILLIPS SEPTEMBER DESIGN AUCTION




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Autumn has slowly seeped in as we say goodbye to yet another successful and inspiring London Design Festival. But not all is doom and gloom. Phillips is spoiling us today at 2pm GMT with its September Design Auction at Howick Place of 20th and 21st C design. Offering iconic and exceptional works from European masters and other contemporary Japanese ceramics, as well as objets from the remarkable collaboration of Lucio Fontana and Roberto Menghi, two of it al’s most prominent postwar creatives, this sale comprising 182 lots and with a pre-sale estimate of £2,300,00 is bound to command huge interest with connoisseurs and collectors.

Some of A-Gent of Style‘s most cherished artists are gathered in this sale boasting highly desirable and museum-quality creations by a myriad of stellar designers and ensembliers including Ruhlmann, Royere, Mouille, Fontana Arte, Printz, Ingrand, Arredoluce, Arbus, Lelii, Rie, Ponti, Chareau, Le Corbusier, Perriand, Jeanneret, Sottsass, Lalanne, Crespi, Pergay, Panton, Hadid and many others. There is also another important sale at 6pm focusing on Nordic Design with exceptional pieces from Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Here are A-Gent of Style‘s favourite pieces. You can view the full catalogue here.




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– All images by Phillips – 






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