Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her design expertise is unparalleled and her client list reads like an international ’who’s who’. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of personal style, her interiors appeal to both young and old and work perfectly in both contemporary and traditional settings.
Here we delve a little deeper into the world of Nina Campbell, the designer we all know and love…
Nina started her design career at the tender age of 19 when she worked as an assistant to John Fowler at the prestigious Sybil Colefax & John Fowler Company.
With her unmistakably rich and elegant colour palette, Nina’s work caught the eye of club owner Mark Birley, who asked her to redecorate the famous Annabel’s private members’ club. This relationship was so successful that they combined forces once again in 1970 when they opened Campbell & Birley, a shop in London specialising in ‘unashamed luxury’. It was here that Nina launched her signature ‘hearts’ design and this timeless motif is still available on a range of her fine bone china.
In 1972, Nina set up her own business, Nina Campbell Ltd, where one of her first commissions was to decorate Cullen House in Banffshire, Scotland. There followed the opening of Nina’s shop and design studio on Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge in 1984 where she continued her fabric printing as well as expanding her business into the wider decorative arena. In 1990, Nina launched the first of what was to become her annual fabric, wallpaper and trimming collections, internationally distributed by Osborne & Little.
The interior design side of the business continued to flourish with notable projects including the Savoy Hotel lobby (with David Linley, Earl of Snowdon), the Hotel Parc Victor Hugo in Paris, the Groucho Club in London, the Campbell Apartment Bar at Grand Central Station, New York, the New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride Colorado, and the Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham, England. Nina also designed Outlaw’s Restaurant at the Capitol Hotel and parts of the Draycott Hotel, both situated in central London.
2015 saw the opening of her second London showroom in the prestigious Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, providing a further opportunity for clients to view her latest collections as well as consult with her expert interior design team.
Nina continues to work on a variety of prestigious interior design developments both internationally and at home.
In addition, Nina has written six books on design -‘Elsie de Wolfe: A Decorative Life’ (1992), ‘The Art of Decoration’ (1996), ‘Nina Campbell’s Decorating Secrets’ (2000), ‘Nina Campbell’s Decorating Notebook’ (2004), ‘Elements of Design’ (2007) and Nina Campbell Interiors (October 2013).