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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‘ECLECTIBLES’ AT PAD LONDON 2014





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Remarkable. The 8th instalment of PAD London, which A-Gent of Style  featured before its opening last Monday here, came to a close on Sunday and left many of us, antiques and design lovers, inspired and enraptured with its smorgasbord of first-class furniture, decorative objets, jewellery, photography, and tribal and modern art.

The variety and stylistic combinations of the vignettes and their contents, or should we say ‘eclectibles’, created beautiful relationship and synergies between seemingly disparate notables that read like a roll call of, in their vast majority, 20th C museum-quality pieces with incredible provenance, rarity, authenticity and integrity. Collectors and investors not only come from all around the world to visit PAD. They also come to buy. And didn’t they just! Many pieces had been sold by the end of the preview last Tuesday evening, even before the opening the public. 

Until its 9th iteration in Paris next March (six months to wait. The agony), here are A-Gent of Style’s highlights, for your eyes only…


Matthieu Richard

Matthieu Richard

 

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Jean-Jacques Dutko

Jean-Jacques Dutko



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Modernity

 

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James

 

Gordian Weber

Gordian Weber

 

Hamiltons

Hamiltons

 

Matthieu Richard

Matthieu Richard

 

Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf

 

Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf

 

Jacques Lacoste

Jacques Lacoste

 

Jacques Lacoste

Jacques Lacoste

 

Carpenters Workshop

Carpenters Workshop

 

 

Anne-Sophie Duval

Anne-Sophie Duval

 

Sevres

Sevres

 

Sevres

Sevres

 

Galerie Gosserez

Galerie Gosserez



Maria Wettergren

Maria Wettergren




James

James

 

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Antoine Broccardo

Antoine Broccardo

 

Jean-David Botella

Jean-David Botella

 

Galerie Lucas Ratton

Galerie Lucas Ratton

 

Francois Laffenour

Francois Laffenour

 

Didier Luttenbacher

Didier Luttenbacher

 

Negropontes

Negropontes

 

Negropontes

Negropontes

 

Chahan

Chahan

 

Chahan

Chahan

 

Elisabetta Cipriani

Elisabetta Cipriani



Galeria Colombari

Galeria Colombari

 




Galerie BSL

Galerie BSL

 

Blairman & Sons

Blairman & Sons

 

 

Blairman & Sons

Blairman & Sons

 

Mayoral Galeria D'Art

Mayoral Galeria d’Art

 

Jean-David Botella

Jean-David Botella

 

Gordian Weber Kunsthandel

Herve van der Straeten

 

Friedman Benda

Friedman Benda

 

Alain Marcelpoil

Alain Marcelpoil

 

David Ghezelbash

David Ghezelbash

 

Jousse Enterprise

Jousse Enterprise

 

 

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Gallery 88

 

 

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David Collins restaurant

 

 

The Telegraph Luxury breakfast and discussion 'Living with art and design: why we collect' at the David Collins restaurant

The Telegraph Luxury breakfast and discussion ‘Living with art and design: why we collect’ at the David Collins restaurant

 

 

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David Collins bar

 

 

 

 

SHOWTIME: PETER PAN AND THE DESIGNERS OF THE CARIBBEAN





He’s behind you! Famous designers take centre stage for pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.

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Leading names from the worlds of interior design and fashion are joining forces again this autumn to put on a pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.


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Dame Vivienne Westwood – Peter Pan

 

 

From 28 October-1 November, London’s Bloomsbury Theatre will play host to the Interior Designers’ Pantomime sponsored by AkzoNobel, the manufacturers of Dulux.  This year the pantomime will tell the story of Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean – a theatrical adventure which promises a fun and outrageously glamorous night out.

 

 

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The production will star leading figures from the world of interior design, including Tim Gosling, Joanna Wood, Trevor Pickett and Justin Van Breda, who will be treading the boards of this iconic London theatre alongside some celebrity cameos. And to add a little extra glamour to proceedings, costumes for the pantomime will be designed by some of the world’s most illustrious fashion designers, such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Tomasz Starzewski, Anna Valentine, Piers Atkinson and Jenny Beavan.


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As the pantomime begins, London is grey and drab. All the interior designers have fled to Never Never Land to escape their clients’ bad taste and endless complaints. But with Captain Hook on the loose, how long before the designers realise they must return colour to London and save the city from Hook’s evil clutches? Join Wendy and the lost boys for a production of magic and fantasy, mermaids and pirate ships, ticking crocodiles, mischievous designers and fairies, all in aid of the NSPCC.

 

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Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook

 

 

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Tim Gosling, one of the founding members of the Interior Designers’ Pantomime team and a driving force behind the production, will be reprising his role as the pantomime Dame, this year playing the role of the outrageous Donna Kebab. Tim said: “It’s been four years since our last pantomime and so we’re all really excited to be back. This year’s production promises to be better than ever, and I hope that we’re able to raise lots of money for the NSPCC and bring a huge splash of colour and some glamour to London this autumn.”


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Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB – ‘Carmen Miranda mantilla’

 

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Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB 4- ‘Dredged Elizabethan’




Music legend and long-time supporter of the show, Elaine Paige, said: “The Interior Designers’ Pantomime is always a fabulous night out filled with glitz, glamour and generosity – I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us this year!”

Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel UK Country Director said: “AkzoNobel is delighted to have the opportunity to support the NSPCC and the fantastic work it does to protect children across the UK. The performance will be a unique opportunity to see talented interior designers put down their colour palettes and show off their acting skills to raise money for this important cause.”



Jenny Beavan - The Acolyte

Jenny Beavan – The Acolyte



Tickets priced from £20-£75 are available now, and the money raised will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children and prevent abuse through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/panto

Performance dates and times:

Tuesday 28 October: 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 October: 7.30pm

Thursday 30 October: 7pm (black tie gala performance with champagne reception)

Friday 31 October: 7.30pm

Saturday 1 November: 2.30pm & 7.30pm



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About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visitwww.nspcc.org.uk

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk



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TONY ROCHE, WALLPAPER EXPERT



 

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Painted Wallpaper For Balineum Stand At Decorex 2013

 

Tony Roche’s work is anything but bland and inconspicuous. A-Gent of Style was introduced to his work for the first time last year at Decorex at the Balineum stand (see above), which was nothing short of ravishing (it was included in this blog’s special feature on the highlights of the fair, and won the House & Garden Award for Most Stylish Product at Decorex International 2013. So you know). A composition of cuboid floor tiles, dark green tiles under dado and above it a stunning and eye-catching paint specialist wallpaper in gold and dark green climbing leaves matching the tiles created a striking vignette embellished by Balineum’s stylised products, the whole evincing a glorious and indisputable Art Deco feel.

It is that very special wallpaper that struck a chord with A-Gent of Style, and forward to a few weeks ago, Sarah Watson, founder of Balineum, was telling A-Gent of Style about Tony Roche who had designed the wallpaper on their Decorex stand, and put A-Gent of Style in touch with him. As soon as he delved into Roche’s impressive work, it was clear a feature was essential.


Tony Roche

Tony Roche


Tony Roche describes himself as an artist and designer who expresses his creative ideas through the process of making wallpaper, but this in no ordinary wallpaper. 3D sculpted shapes and forms jut out from the wall; resin pebbles encapsulate images of far off places and monkey’s sip from cocktail glasses. Some of his designs are also commissioned by the more traditional ‘roll’, individual panel pieces, large scale wall installations, framed memories or as 3D sculptures.

 

Monkey Pattern

Monkey Pattern



Tony Roche’s wallpapers are artworks of the finest kind, with undulating patterns interlinking, creating wave like motions taking the eye on a journey across the surface, with intermittent pools to dip into and explore. Roche’s main themes are Memory and Light, bringing together objects from the past and present incorporating patterns and using materials that create magical ethereal objects. Light comes from every angle, from behind making the work glow, from inside, seeping from the sides or reflecting off the surface, creating a work that continuously changes. 

His predilection for pattern were nurtured from an early age by his father who worked in the decorating business, at a time when artex was the rage, stencilling became very fashionable to give your room that stand out quality. Roche also spent many hours going through the archives at the V&A, researching wallpaper and patterns from the early 1920s and 30s, recording them carefully and morphing them together across the decades to create interesting and challenging new designs. He still references these early notebooks and sketches and incorporates them with newer ideas. Tony Roche’s work also included numerous private and film set commissions, recent films include X-Men and Anna Karenina. He is also an experienced wallpaper fitter.

Certain tunes, phrases; people, images and objects can instantly transport you straight back to a certain period in time, sparking memories good and bad. This process has always fascinated Roche and it forms a major part of his work. He remembers spending hours listening to his grandmother recount stories of her youth embellishing the stories with photographs and trinkets. To this end Roche collects objects from his past, old school bags, bus tickets and old family photos.  


Here is a selection of some of his work:


Handprinted Wallpaper at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

Handprinted Wallpaper on the walls and ceiling at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

 

Handprinted Wallpaper at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

Handprinted Wallpaper on the walls and ceiling at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Indian Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Indian Roomset

 

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

 

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

 

Decorating With Stencils - Moroccan Tiled Bathroom

Decorating With Stencils – Moroccan Tiled Bathroom

 

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

 

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

 

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Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Victorian Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Victorian Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Medieval Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Medieval Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Art Deco Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Art Deco Roomset

Cranes of London Installation Panel at UpDown Gallery

Cranes of London Installation Panel at UpDown Gallery

 

 

– all imagery by Tony Roche –

 

 

 

PAD LONDON 2014





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Firmly established on the international art and design calendar and as one of
 A-Gent of Style‘s unmissable and most cherished  rendez-vous on the London design scene, the boutique-sized Pavilion of Art and Design (now commonly known as PAD) is returning to London for the 8th time this week inside its now iconic black marquee set amongst the trees of Berkeley Square. For A-Gent of Style, the build-up and anticipation to discover what is in store but also to catch up with some of his favourites antique dealers have reached fever pitch. In less than 24 hours, all will be revealed at the collectors’ preview.


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DATES

15- 19 October 2014
Berkeley Square, W1
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OPENING HOURS
Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 October 11am – 8pm
Sunday 19 October 11am – 6pm

For the first time this year HSBC is the official partner of PAD London. This follows the bank’s sponsorship of PAD Paris for the 9th consecutive year.


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Representing 10 countries from around the world, a roster of 62 galleries – 28 of which design specialists, 45 returning galeristes and 17 newcomers – will showcase coveted, collectible objets with categories ranging from historical and contemporary design, modern art, jewellery to photography, decorative and tribal arts.


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For A-Gent of Style, one of the most appealing attributes about PAD is its non-negotiable attitude to refuse to expand, as opposed to some of its overwhelming counterparts, and the discerning integrity of its CEO and committee to favour quality over quantity and exert their curatorial expertise in expertly vetting participants. And judging from the list of participants, this year will not disappoint. The crème de la crème of dealers and galeristes will exhibit some of their most prestigious and exclusive pieces in innovative and stunning displays, or vignettes. Rather than looking like sterile showroom stands, some of these decorative panoramas are like miss-en-scènes with astonishing combinations of wares interacting and living harmoniously next to each other. Eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship are key at the boutique fair where collectors, interiors specialists, design practitioners, art consultants, museum experts and the public gather to share their passion for the decorative arts.

This year’s most anticipated arrival is Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique, of the venerable porcelains and ceramics firm and museum, which will exhibit its collaborations with various artists in the last 100 years such as Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Bakker. 


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And last but not least, David Collins Studio has been chosen this year to design the temporary bar and restaurant as a tribute to the late David Collins, and has created an environment which sits in harmony with the temporary structure, the location and incredible array of exhibitors, which will offer visitors a space to rest, drink and dine. Knowing the Studio’s remarkable reputation, the result will be nothing short of a feast for the eyes and huge success.


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Utilising iconic materials from their archive of world class bars and restaurants, the Studio has re-created and re-interpreted these materials in new and unusual ways for the installation, creating something new, unique and fun.

Poignantly, the entrance of the space features the tributary ‘Collins’ chandelier designed by David Collins and produced by Lobmeyr. Walls and flooring are executed in The Studio’s signature navy blue. A mass of all encompassing voluminous ceiling pendants are reminiscent of the 1950s. Printed textures and signature natural materials inspired by antique marble have been rescaled in the form of ink jet table cloths, printed rugs and cushions. Classic bentwood furniture has been re-imagined in blue. David Collins Studio have worked in collaboration with Ruinart to create a textile and gold leaf back bar. Interior landscaping of varied planting has been designed to marry the exterior park with the marquee interior.


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