The Continental

We take a peek at The Continental, the first David Collins Studio-designed restaurant in Asia

If you asked designers whether they’d prefer to start with a blank slate, or a fixed set of parameters, we’d bet that most would say a blank slate. But not Simon Rawlings, creative director of London-based David Collins Studio. The designer and his team are used to, and in fact enjoy, working with historic spaces. Although the Thomas Heatherwick-designed building that houses The Continental is hardly a listed property, the landlord was keen to keep the original structure and ceiling detail, providing the design team with an enjoyable challenge.