Nina Campbell is one of the country’s most influential interior design companies. Established in 1972, 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 has ever been.
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 unmistakably rich colour palette, which caught the eye of Mark Birley. He asked her to redecorate Annabel’s, his legendary private members’ club. They joined forces once again in 1970, when they opened Campbell & Birley, a shop specialising in ‘unashamed luxury’. Here, Nina introduced her signature ‘hearts’ design, a motif that is still available on a range of bone china today.
Nina is adventurous and open minded, but a firm believer that you should ‘stick to what you know’
Projects on British soil include Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel, plus its bar and private dining room, a private room for Berry Bros & Rudd, an English country house and a royal residence in London. She has also recently completed a redesign of the Magritte Bar at The Beaumont Hotel.
Nina Campbell has never been shy of collaboration. As well as designing carpets for Starck and a paint finish for Smallbone of Devizes, 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’.
As well as her long-standing shop on Walton Street, Nina also has a furniture-led showroom in the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour which now represents American furniture brand Oomph as well as her own designs.
After more than 50 years, Nina certainly shows no sign of slowing down.