Nina Campbell is one of the country’s most respected and influential interior designers with a roll call of clients that include the rich, the famous and the royal. Her first job with the General Trading Company ignited a passion for china, glass and accessories; this was followed by a stint worked as an assistant to John Fowler at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. A hugely pivotal moment for Nina’s career, she was fully immersed in English interior design and soon became known for her unmistakeably rich and elegant colour palette.
A few years later, she left to work on her own before meeting Mark Birley who had set up Annabel’s in 1963. He asked her to make a few decorative changes which led to her designing Mark’s Club and a long friendship and working relationship soon formed. The pair opened a shop together, Campbell & Birley, which specialised in ‘unashamed luxury’ – wonderful items found on their travels that weren’t available in the UK.
‘There have been so many changes in the industry over the last 50 years but the one thing that remains important to me is that quality and craftsmanship remains’
In 2010, Nina’s furniture collection was launched and what started as a small offering is now a full-scale range of upholstery, metal furniture, wooden furniture and lighting. Often inspired by an antique or something she has inherited or found, pieces are adapted and re-designed by Nina and always display a fine attention to detail as well as a sense of fun or the unexpected. All furniture is made in England by the finest craftsmen, something Nina is truly passionate about.
‘It is incredibly exciting to be reaching our 50th anniversary,’ reflects Nina. ‘There have been so many changes in the industry over the last 50 years but the one thing that remains important to me is that quality and craftsmanship remains. We have so many exciting things happening both now and in the future and I am incredibly grateful for the unwavering support throughout my career so far.’
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