DUBLINER David Collins, who was behind some of the world’s best-known interiors including The Wolseley and parts of Harrods, died on July 17 from a particularly virulent form of skin cancer.
The 58-year-old, who designed for several top boutiques as well as luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo, had only been diagnosed with the skin cancer three weeks previous to his death.
Collins studied architecture before forging a reputation in the world of restaurant design, creating interiors for the Berkeley Hotel’s Blue Bar, the Claridge’s Bar and celebrity eatery The Wolseley.
He was a close friend of Madonna, and had designed some of her homes. It is thought the singer, who is said to be heartbroken, will fly to Ireland this week to attend his funeral.
Madonna’s most recent post on her Instagram account showed a photo of red roses with the message: “In memory of David Collins. He was a great talent and a good and loyal friend for 17 years! God bless him and may he RIP.”
In 1985, Collins established the David Collins and in recent times had enjoyed several commissions from the fashion world. In collaboration with Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, his studio was contracted to redesign the McQueen boutiques across the globe.
Collins is survived by his mother, two sisters and a brother.
Mourners have been requested by the family to donate money to Macmillan instead of sending flowers. Contributions can be made to the David Collins Tribute Fund.
Macmillan Cancer Support said recently that 40% of Britons deliberately burn their skin despite the known health risks, adding that getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple a person’s risk of skin cancer.