Nina Campbell is one of the country’s most influential interior designers. The disarming wit and warmth of its founder, who is as elegant and charming as her designs, is what has kept the rich, the famous and the royal coming back for her services throughout her 50-plus years in the business.
Beginning her design career at the age of 19, Nina worked as an assistant to John Fowler at the prestigious Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler Company. Her natural talent was quickly apparent and she became known for her unmistakeably rich colour palette, which caught the eye of club owner, Mark Birley. He asked her to redecorate his famous Annabel’s private members’ club, which marked the beginning of a lasting relationship. They joined forces once again in 1970, when they opened Campbell & Birley, a shop in London specialising in ‘unashamed luxury’. Here, Nina introduced her signature ‘hearts’ design, a motif that is still available on a range of bone china today.
In 1972, Nina set up her own business, Nina Campbell Ltd, where one of her first commissions was to decorate the monumental Cullen House in Banffshire, Scotland. The ambitious project was a sign of things to come and there followed, in 1984, the opening of Nina’s shop and design studio on Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge. Here she continued with her fabric printing and expanded her business into the wider decorative arena, designing everything from matchboxes to bespoke furniture. In 1990, Nina launched the first of what was to become her annual fabric, wallpaper and trimming collections, internationally distributed by Osborne & Little.
The brand might be a veteran of luxury British interiors, but by evolving with its clients and adopting new techniques to create modern twists on traditional classics, Nina Campbell is as relevant today as it ever has been. In the past Nina has enjoyed commissions from the likes of Rod Stewart, and the Duke and Duchess of York, who asked her to decorate Sunninghill Park, their marital home, and today she continues to attract a colourful and exclusive list of clients.
In recent years she was commissioned to design the interiors for The World, the largest luxurious residential sea liner on the planet, and other prestigious international projects have included the Hotel Parc Victor Hugo in Paris, the Schloss Hotel in Switzerland, a chalet in Gstaad and a palazzo in Rome. Recent notable projects on British soil include Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel, plus its bar and private dining room, a private room for Berry Brothers & Rudd, a country house in the UK and a royal residence in London.
On top of this, Nina Campbell is not shy of a collaboration. She has designed carpets for Stark, a finish of paint for Smallbone of Devizes, and she has broadened her usual scope by designing fabrics for Ted Baker, although she insists she has no plans to move into fashion design at this stage. She’s adventurous and open minded, but a firm believer that you should ‘stick to what you know’. And this Nina does with no sign of slowing down, especially with the recent opening of her second London showroom in the prestigious Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The space provides clients with a further opportunity to view her latest collections and consult with her expert interior design team.
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