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Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Registration is required
Members $15 and Non-members $20

Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell’s almost fifty-year career exemplifies the best of English interior design. Campbell imparts her design wisdom through a biography of her career and recent decorating projects, sharing tips and secrets of the trade. A selection of the designer’s own London residences outlines her experimentations and passions—from pared-back grandeur to bold plays of scale and modern use of texture and color. A survey of Nina’s high-profile commissions completed in the last five years demonstrates how she employs the key principles of her design aesthetic in a variety of contexts, from prestigious addresses in London and New York, a pied-à-terre in Rome, and a retreat in the English countryside to a historic German hotel, a viewing pavilion at the Ascot, and a Los Angeles bedroom suite. The running theme is how Campbell has taken the tenets of classic English style and uses them to create a style germane to the twenty-first century. This eponymous book masterfully illustrates one of the most enduring decorating styles of the past fifty years in English design—traditional interiors with vibrant colors, luxurious textiles, pared-down elegance, and, above all, true comfort.

Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors. Her enthusiasm and interest in design and interiors was developed when, at the age of nineteen, she went to work for John Fowler at the prestigious Sybil Colefax & John Fowler. Shortly afterwards she set up her own decorating business, where one of her first commissions was to design a castle in Scotland and Annabel’s private members’ club, Berkeley Square, London, in her unmistakably elegant and rich colour palette. Further developing her business, Nina opened her interior design offices and studio where she creates a successful fabric and wallpaper collection internationally distributed by Osborne & Little. Her famous retail shop for home accessories and gifts is at 9, Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge, and has remained a firm favorite for the last 30 years. Nina was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex in 2001, on top of the many other awards she has received, including the Royal Oak Timeless Design Award (2003) and the American Fashion Award for ‘the woman who has most influenced style internationally’. Nina is also a Trustee of the Prince of Wales Drawing School and on the Fundraising Committee for Kids Co. She is also the author of 5 books on interior design.

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