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on the ceramics, the reflective quality of thai silks—these were
the kinds of things i found inspiring," collins says. "Before the
project, i had visited thailand at least a dozen times for various
reasons; to rest, take a vacation and visit people over there. it's
a really beautiful country, and i love the feeling of serenity and
"there are allusions to thailand in the fabrics, rugs and the
whimsical tie-dyed curtains in the living room; and all the artwork
was created by thai artists. We didn't want the thai influence to
be too obvious, but more subliminal."
What is especially striking is the highly bespoke nature of much
of the furniture, light fittings and textiles, with over 75 original
designs and custom pieces drawn up by the collins studio. Velvet
sofas, satin chairs and coffee tables coated in shagreen leather,
all these original pieces helped define the apartment's tailored
character and add a rich variety of textures.
"it's an extension of the way we've worked for other clients," says
apr + may
collins, "customizing classic pieces". "We designed the interior
architecture and the layout—the whole experience. And part
of that was the bespoke furniture. there are particular designs i
would like to have in my own home."