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.
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.