Founded in 2010 by multi-award-winning interior designer Simon Mcilwraith. Collective Design’s success in today’s market is due to Simon and his team’s commercial awareness and an undisputed passion for originality, creativity and great design.

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Collective Design has the very highest standards. Through innovation and quality, they look to break the mould and redefine expectations. Using their expertise to develop outstanding schemes, which are both imaginative and bespoke yet operationally work, where every detail is considered and possibility investigated. 

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12+ Years

We work alongside our clients and forge long-lasting relationships with a holistic approach. Our dedicated team are there to support you and your business at all times. 


Design Director

As the visionary leader of our team, Simon Mcilwraith brings decades of experience and a keen eye for detail to every project. He oversees the creative direction of each design and ensures that our work exceeds expectations and reflects the unique needs of our clients.

Senior Interior Designer

A true maestro of space bringing a wealth of expertise in commercial interior design to our team. Infusing every project with creativity, functionality, and a touch of magic that sets our designs apart.

Conceptual Designer

As our resident dreamweaver their responsible for translating ideas into reality. With a background in conceptual design and visualisation, bringing concepts to life through sketches, mood boards, and 3D renderings, setting the stage for our design journey.

Architectural Designer

With a passion for structure and form, they have a unique perspective for our team. Collaborating closely with our interior designers to ensure that every space is as functional as it is beautiful.

Project Coordinator

Behind every successful design lies a meticulously organised plan. Our master coordinator oversees project timelines, budgets, and logistics with precision and grace. With a background in interior design, they manage the administration, ensuring that every project runs smoothly from start to finish.

Junior Designer

Fresh out of design university and full of creative energy, the newest addition to our team, with a passion for colour theory and furniture design, brings a fresh perspective and innovative ideas to our projects, infusing each design with youthful enthusiasm and creativity.

Whether you are an independent operator or a multinational brand, we will ensure an enjoyable, professional experience that results in only the very best interiors and brings your dream venue to life. 

Our Services

The Idea

We believe the initial meeting between client and designer is very important; it is the start of a relationship where we, as designers, get to understand your business and personal needs. In that meeting, we will get to understand and carry out the following:

  • Site analysis
  • Creation of the brief
  • Business and operational analysis
  • Understanding your brand needs
  • Set out goals and timescales
  • Describing the design process in-depth


At Collective, we are big believers in ensuring the initial concept is strong and well-conceived. As creative thinkers, we work tirelessly to bring the “vision” to life. Resulting in the creation of truly exciting and groundbreaking schemes. The concept process includes:

  • Creating the Narrative
  • Operational Workshops
  • Mood Boards
  • Sample Boards
  • Sketch Development
  • Spatial Coordination
  • Block Planning
  • Initial layout plans
  • Photo realistic visuals
  • Presentation brochures
  • Brand development


Early in the process, we ensure that all the correct applications are in place. Our team will work to develop all the relevant documentation so that your project fully complies and has the approval to carry out the work. This might include:

  • Planning strategy
  • Full Planning applications
  • Listed buildings consent
  • Consent to display advertisements
  • Building control applications
  • Licensing layouts for minor and major alterations
  • Liaison with local authorities and planners
  • Liaison with building control officers
  • Landlord - licence to alter documents
  • Advise on surveys required

Design & Development

Designing and detailing every aspect of the interior is the blueprint of any project. We pride ourselves in producing in-depth and fully specified drawing packages to aid in creating distinctive aesthetic outcomes. This may include:

  • Technical design
  • All plans required  
  • Lighting designs
  • F&F specifications
  • Room Schedules
  • Sections and elevations
  • Bespoke Joinery details
  • Specialist fixture and product design
  • Material specification
  • Surface design
  • Brand infusion
  • Styling
  • Procurement  
  • Liaison with other specialists

On-site Assistance & Delivery

Communication is critical to ensure the delivery of the project. At Collective, we have processes in place to ensure a smooth, clear path throughout the manufacture and construction stages. This can include:

  • Tender process
  • Design administration
  • Value engineering
  • Review Submittals from sub-contractors
  • Site and contractor liaison
  • Liaison with specialists
  • Response to RFIs
  • Regular site meetings
  • Quality and design management
  • Aid in compiling handover documentation
  • Snagging
  • Sign off

The Collective Approach

Our process begins with a thorough understanding of our client's needs, goals, and brand identity. We then leverage our expertise and creativity to develop tailored design solutions.

We prioritise functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability in our designs, ensuring that every space we create enhances productivity, reflects the brand's personality, and contributes to a positive user experience.

Throughout the project lifecycle, we maintain open communication, attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering projects on time and within budget.


Our Clients

We’re always on the lookout for exceptional talent and interesting characters to complement our team.
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