Nina Campbell is one of the country’s most respected and influential interior designers, with a roll call of clients that includes 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 Colefax and Fowler. She soon became known for her unmistakeably rich and elegant colour palette, which caught the eye of club owner Mark Birley, who asked her to redecorate his famous Annabel’s private members’ club. They joined forces once again in 1970, when they opened Campbell & Birley, a shop in London specialising in ‘unashamed luxury’. It was here that Nina introduced her signature hearts design, a motif that is still available today on a range of bone china.
Recent residential projects include a chalet in Gstaad, a palazzo in Rome and a clapboard family house in Maine, complete with pool house, bowling alley and glamorous party pad with violet-lacquered walls
Recent residential projects include a chalet in Gstaad, a palazzo in Rome and a clapboard family house in Maine, complete with separate pool house, bowling alley and glamorous party pad with violet-lacquered walls and a silver ceiling. Whether traditional or contemporary, Nina’s practical approach to projects starts with asking clients key questions about their lifestyle, such as how they will use the space and how many people they entertain. This ensures that rooms not only look comfortable and welcoming but function properly too.
This spring Nina is launching a collection of indoor-outdoor fabrics with Summit Furniture. The high performance endurance textiles include patterns inspired by nature and colourways evocative of organic elements such as minerals and gemstones. She is also celebrating the tenth anniversary of American painted furniture makers Oomph, with a new collection of upholstery. Both can be seen at her second destination London showroom in Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, which has recently been rearranged into room sets. ‘The idea is that visitors can sit on a sofa in the living room or climb onto a bed to really feel what a room might be like,’ she concludes.
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.