Hotel de Vigny: A Celebration of Nina Campbell Design
4 March 2016
Prestigious Interior Designer With Over 50 Years of Experience
When visiting Paris, guests dream of accommodation that is classically, beautifully French. Hotel de Vigny delivers this by incorporating bold floral prints, Louis XV furniture and the finest marble in a celebration of Parisian style. The interiors of the five-star hotel were designed by award-winning British designer, Nina Campbell. Renowned as one of the world’s most prolific interior designers, her homely - yet deluxe - flair beautifully complements the Hotel de Vigny. The Hotel de Vigny team were delighted to welcome Campbell when she started work in 2006 – her use of both contemporary and classic elegance is what makes the hotel one of the most luxurious, yet functional, in the whole of Paris. Get swept away to sumptuous surroundings in the City of Romance.
A Life-Long Love of Interior Design
With over 50 years of experience in interior design, Nina Campbell has gained an excellent reputation – previous clients include the Duke and Duchess of York, Ringo Starr and Rod Stewart. Campbell’s enthusiasm for interiors started at a young age and developed when she worked for the prominent Colefax & Fowler as a teenager during the 1960s. Once she felt she had learnt everything she could from the prestigious design house, she decided to set up her own decorating business.
One of her first commissions was to design the interiors for a Scottish castle – no mean feat for a designer just starting out on her own. Her traditional tartans and use of antique furniture were well-received, and soon enough she was offered her second contract - this time at Annabel’s private members’ club in Berkeley Square, London. Her trademark rich colour palette and elegant use of finer details such as chintz, brocade and gilding have won her many loyal customers who return time and again.
Campbell works from her interior design offices where she creates beautiful fabric and wallpaper collections, which have won awards and are acclaimed internationally. She 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 in 2003 and the American Fashion Award for ‘the woman who has most influenced style internationally’.
A Champion of Craftsmanship and Personal Touches
Campbell personally oversees her large, talented team of craftsmen who cover the entire design spectrum, from carpenters to upholsterers. She enjoys finding antique pieces for clients, or restoring existing pieces, breathing life into them with her unique aesthetics. A businesswoman with a hectic schedule, she still always manages to offer her undivided attention and personal touches to individual projects.
Campbell owns a shop for home accessories and gifts in Knightsbridge, London and is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to extend her business to compete with the modern market. Working around the world on varied and fascinating projects, she always brings her brand’s personal stamp to ventures, whilst catering to the individual tastes of her clients. Campbell is currently working on projects including a large private house in China, a home for a member of the Jordanian royal family, a townhouse in New York and a country retreat overlooking Cheltenham race course in England. The nature of her client profile often requires her to be discrete in the way she works, respecting the confidentiality and privacy of the famous people she works with.
Campbell at Hotel de Vigny
Guests may notice the colour scheme at Hotel de Vigny comprises Campbell’s classic warm, neutral shades of cream, stone and coral as well as a brighter palette embracing nature. There are climbing leaves, flowers and fruit in the Nina Campbell wallpaper collection, jewel-coloured accessories such as red and purple cushions and plenty of natural light in the bedrooms. Campbell favours bold prints such as stripes and checks for furniture but these are always used so rooms remain a relaxing haven for guests. Each bedroom is finished to a high standard and no two rooms are the same; Campbell created bespoke designs for each, making no two visits alike.
The public areas such as the lobby, sitting rooms and Penati al Baretto restaurant are also decorated under Campbell’s direction. Here, she’s championed wood panelling using an art deco style of straight lines and geometric shapes. Black and white photos of famous visitors through the hotel’s history lend these spaces a sense of heritage, while rich claret and dark mahogany gives these rooms a depth and warmth that instantly welcomes visitors. For an undisputedly stylish visit to Paris, look no further than a room at the historic Hotel de Vigny.
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