South Kensington | London SW3
Interior Design in a Luxury New Build Contemporary House
5,000 Sq ft

Orla Collins was appointed as Interior Designer to HAB Group’s development, on the Chelsea/Knightsbridge border. Orla worked with HAB UK and the rest of the Project Team until that property’s completion. The property is a contemporary design new build, set over five floors, which was launched to the sales market at a guide price of £11.75m.

Orla was appointed in competition with several other leading designers on the basis not only of her portfolio, but also her response to the original design brief and budgetary requirements. It was her attention to that brief which made her stand out – adhering to budgetary guidelines is vital in any development project and the style of finish for a resale project (as opposed to an end-user appointment) also requires particular care. Orla was the only Interior Designer who actually followed the budgetary brief and, in the final design, was able to achieve a look which belied its actual cost and was perceived to have been at least twice as expensive. Needless to say, that is exactly what a developer requires.

Orla’s portfolio of work illustrates her flexibility and working with her has confirmed her ability to add flair and value to a design scheme. Her finished scheme has impressed everybody who has seen it and has complimented the architect’s overall design. She has also managed to produce a scheme that feels like a ‘home’, as opposed to a ‘development’, mixing both interest and uniqueness with the requirements to appeal to a broad viewing audience.

I would have no hesitation in working with Orla again and fully intend to do so for future projects. On a personal level she was excellent to work with, flexible enough to consider the varied requirements of the developer and Project Team but strong enough to ensure that her design vision was seen through. I have no doubt that the qualities she demonstrated during this project would translate equally well from resale development to end-user interior scheme.

Mark Leighs ACA
Development Director – HAB UK Ltd

Holland Park | London W8
Contemporary refurbishment of a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse
4,500 Sq ft

Client Review

We very much enjoyed working with Orla and her team at Purple Design over a comprehensive refurbishment of our house. Purple offered a full-service scope- from CAD drawings to tile and lighting plans to fabric samples. Orla has excellent but flexible taste and created a perfect look for us once she understood our preferences. Her experience in building projects meant she understood the timeline and level of detail required at every stage and drove attention to detail throughout the project. She was always very sensible about budget and only proposed good value items. No silly frippery here, Orla is an experienced design professional who works hard and offers her excellent judgment.

E Eisenberg

Kensal Rise 1| London W10
Colourful Scandi Interior Decoration within a converted Victorian Library
950 Sq ft

Client Review

It’s been great working with Orla on our development project in Kensal Rise, following the success of our collaboration in South Kensington. She produced schemes combining colour, style, quality and impact on time and on budget. Couldn’t ask for anything more and always fun to work with.

Mark Leighs
CEO – Uplift Property