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.
One of Nina Campbell’s 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 company in London’s Knightsbridge. Here she continued with her fabric printing and expanded 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.
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 she continues to attract a colourful and exclusive list of clients. Recent projects have spanned the globe and been both high-end residential and commercial, including the Schloss Hotel in Germany, a chalet in Gstaad, a mansion in China, a palazzo in Rome and a compound in Maine comprising five properties, among them a nightclub and bowling alley.
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. On top of this, 2018 saw the launch of Nina’s latest book Nina Campbell Interior Decoration Elegance and Ease, published by Rizzoli.
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.
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