Campbell-Rey is an award-winning design partnership and creative consultancy founded by Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey. Working fluently between residential and commercial interior design, creative direction, furniture and product design, their colourful work is a celebration of craftsmanship and conviviality, combined with a spirit of irreverence and a love of materials.
Born in Edinburgh, Duncan read Law at King’s College London and Charlotte, originally from southern Sweden, studied Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins. They began their career together at Acne Studios’ cult publication Acne Paper where they met in 2007, eventually becoming co-editors.
They launched Campbell-Rey in 2014 as a creative consultancy specialising in storytelling for legacy and lifestyle brands, among them Bentley, Bulgari, Baccarat, Penfolds and Veuve Clicquot. Through this work, they became increasingly drawn to the physical space, product design, architecture, and interiors, and began working on design commissions for commercial clients including the London Edition, 1stdibs, Clos19, Kartell, Christie’s, Kitri, Away, Agnona and the Elton John AIDS Foundation in addition to a number of private clients.
In 2019, Campbell-Rey won Newcomer to Watch at the Homes & Gardens Design Awards as well as being included in Country & Townhouse magazine’s Top 50 Interior Designers, Architectural Digest Germany’s Top 200 Influencers and The Gentleman’s Journal’s London’s 50 Most Influential Tastemakers.
Their playful, elegant aesthetic has garnered acclaim from some of the world’s leading publications including Architectural Digest (US, Germany & France), The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, FT Weekend, The World of Interiors, American, British and Turkish Vogue, Vogue Living, House & Garden, Elle Decoration (UK, Sweden & France), Corriere Della Serra and Telegraph Luxury.
Bentley Motors is a company at the pinnacle of British handmade performance, combining the best of craftsmanship and technology with a culture of dedication to excellence. Looking to engage with the lifestyle and design media, Bentley invited Campbell-Rey to bring both its institutional values and an increased knowledge of the car’s physical qualities to a new audience. The result is Bentley Elements.
Taking inspiration from the neon inspection bays in the Bentley factory, we chose light as the subject of the installation. Selecting and commissioning Massimo Uberti, a Milan-based conceptual artist renowned for his reality-defying architectural light installations, we worked with Uberti to create an installation that reflects the touch of the craftsman with a classic trestle table surrounded by the pure lines of a factory building.
The artwork was crafted by local artisans in hand-blown white neon on site in Miami. Guests were collected by a fleet of Bentley Mulsannes, where they enjoyed an introductory film to the project on the in-car iPads before entering the raw gallery space, chosen in order to create an oasis of calm and reflection, mirroring Bentley’s ethos of whispering luxury.
Campbell-Rey was responsible for the artistic concept, overall creative direction and project management, in addition to creating the printed collateral material and art directing the accompanying photography and films.