David Collins Studio
David Collins Studio enjoy a reputation as one of the most respected interior design studios in the world. They collaborate with both brands and businesses that represent the very best in their fields, and private clients who share their obsession with detail, craft and refinement. The Studio creates iconic, timeless and dramatic glamour, realised in such projects as The Wolseley, Harrods, Nobu Berkeley, Bob Bob Ricard and The Connaught Bar.
In 2017, working with external Creative Director Graham Ericsson, the Studio decided that they needed a new visual language to better reflect their output, and commissioned Bibliothèque and Future Corp to work collaboratively to redesign their identity and website.
One of the key aims of the brief was to give the Studio a voice that articulates the aesthetic contrasts within their work. To do this we created a hybrid typeface (aptly named DCSynthesis 74) — a font that simultaneously uses serif and sans serif letterforms, echoing the juxtaposition of the classical and modernist tension within the Studio’s output.
A hand-finished suite of stationery items utilises imported Japanese papers combined with detailed marquetry and 3D embossing to express the Studio’s renowned attention to materiality, detail and finishing.
The website is conceptually structured as a nuanced catalogue with two view modes: as a configurable and explorative index, or as a minimally interactive, endlessly scrolling editorial layout. Interaction is deliberately pared down to an absolute minimum, with the user only able to scroll and tap through a seamless mix of intriguing projects.