Interior Design Podcast

An Eye for Detail and Energy with Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio

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In this episode of the Interior Style Hunter Podcast we are joined by none other than Simon Rawlings, the Creative Director of David Collins Studio!

In his role at the studio Simon has overseen the realisation of some of the world’s most iconic hospitality, residential, and retail spaces. He has been working at David Collins for almost two decades and during this time has worked around the world on industry defining projects.

In our conversation, Simon shares a lot of his experience and opinions and what he thinks has come to define his and the studio’s work. Simon has played a huge role in creating David Collins’ signature style, near-obsessive attention to detail with virtuoso use of colour, as a means of crafting mood through environment. We hear from him about some highlights from his career, the importance of internships and youth initiatives, and his preference for designing spaces rather than photographs.

For all this and much more tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A brief history of and introduction to David Collins Studio and Simon’s involvement.
  • The work David Collins Studio did at Harrods.
  • Simon’s project highlights at David Collins over the years.
  • The cultural exchange that happens on any new project.
  • The amount of Simon’s personality and style that is embedded in his work.
  • Simon’s dream project!
  • David Collins Studio’s internships, community and youth involvement.
  • Where Simon gets his inspiration, best ideas and his focus on the visual.
  • Simon’s thoughts on Instagram and social media.
  • The focus that Simon puts on immersive spaces over photogenic design.
  • Some helpful design-business advice from Simon around saying no.
  • Looking forward to the future with Simon and David Collins.
  • A round of quick-fire questions with Simon!
  • And much more!


“What I loved and what I was really good what concepts, was design, was big ideas.” — @srettiwtnomis [0:04:32.7]

“We are around 60 people, 60 designers, we have projects all over the world. 75% of our projects are outside of the UK and that’s something that we work on quite strategically.” — @srettiwtnomis [0:06:00.2]

“The beginning part of any project, for me is the most important.” — @srettiwtnomis [0:15:18.4]

“I really work hard with the graduates and the newer designer within our studio to really help them understand that process of conceptualization.” — @srettiwtnomis [0:23:41.9]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

  1. Interior Style Hunter
  2. Simon Rawlings
  3. David Collins Studio
  4. Gordon Ramsey
  5. Marco Pierre White
  6. Cafe Rouge
  7. The Berkeley
  8. Harrods
  9. Pret a Manger
  10. Pump Street Chocolate
  11. Saul Cathcart

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