Voices of Our Times
A Luncheon with International Designer Nina Campbell
Leslie Crosby – chair
Beverly Farrington Alm
Thursday, April 11, 2019
11:15 a.m. – Welcome Cocktail and Passed Canapés
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch, Presentation and Book Signing
Complimentary Valet Parking!
Member Tickets: $100 | Non-member Tickets: $130
Call Guest Services at 256.535.4350 ext. 200 to reserve your seat!
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.
Nina started her design career at the 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 color 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 specializing in ‘unashamed luxury’. It was here that Nina launched her signature ‘hearts’ design and this timeless motif is still available on a range of 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), 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.
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), Nina Campbell Interiors (October 2013) and ‘Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease.’ (2018)
Highlights from her long list of awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex 2001, the Royal Oak Timeless Design Award 2003 and Residential Designer of the Year 2010 from IDFX Magazine. Nina’s talent and design credentials are also recognized in America with the US Fashion Award for ‘the woman who has most influenced style internationally’, the Brit Week Design Icon Award for her significant contributions to British design and the Legends Award celebrating distinguished individuals and corporations in the world of art and design from the Pratt Institute.