Campbell-Rey is a design partnership and creative consultancy founded by Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey.
Working fluently across the fields of design, interiors and creative direction, their practice is united by a grounding in culture, a sense of irreverence and a playful, elegant aesthetic.
Together they have undertaken commissions for some of the worlds most innovative and desirable brands.
We were invited by Christie’s auction house to create an interior design from the furniture and items on sale from the sale of Faringdon House in Oxfordshire.
Faringdon House was the seat of the writer and composer Lord Berners who lived in it from 1931 until his death in 1950. He worked for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and Sadler’s Wells, and hosted many of the luminaries of the day at Faringdon including Salvador Dalí, Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, Evelyn Vaughn, Marchesa Casati and Margot Fonteyn. The house was famous for its extravagant parties, beautiful interiors and the eccentric habits of its inhabitants, with Lord Berners eventually being immortalised as Lord Merlin by Nancy Mitford in her novel The Pursuit of Love.
Collaborating with artist Luke Edward Hall on the room, we framed the space with trompe l’oeil architectural mouldings to create an eclectic mix that embodied the vibrant history of the house. Eighteenth century family portraits sat next to a Matisse lithograph and a Mapplethorpe silver gelatin print, while a Mies van der Rohe travertine table and chairs played against a gilt eagle console table.