The doyenne of interior design
Nina Campbell is one of the country’s most respected interior designers with a roll call of clients that include the rich, the famous and the royal.
Beginning her design career at the age of 19, Nina worked as an assistant to John Fowler at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. She became known for her unmistakeably rich colour palette, which caught the eye of club owner, Mark Birley. He asked her to redecorate Annabel’s, his famous private members’ club, which marked the beginning of a long-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. There followed, in 1984, the opening of Nina’s shop and design studio in London’s Knightsbridge. Here she continued with her fabric printing and expanded her business into the wider decorative arena: the British- made Nina Campbell Furniture collection. This encompasses metal and wooden pieces, upholstery and lighting and remains a hugely important part of the brand. 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.
Her proven philosophy is to design houses that are not only beautiful but functional so that they work for the client’s lifestyle (she is constantly asking them questions such as do they have dogs, do they entertain, do they have children etc). Her attention to detail is also second to none.
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 list of exclusive clients. In recent years, Nina was commissioned to design the interiors for The World, the largest luxurious residential sea liner on the planet. Other international projects have included the Schloss Hotel in Switzerland, a chalet in Gstaad and a five-house project in Maine with a bowling alley and nightclub. Her latest book, featuring eight new projects, will be published by Rizzoli in September.
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 a collection of outdoor endurance fabrics with Summit. Plus, following on from a capsule collection with American painted furniture makers Oomph, their entire range is now available at 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.
Nina Campbell, 9 Walton Street, London, SW3 2JD. +44 (0)20 7225 1011