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Q& A Born to Design By Ken Weingartner London-based designer Nina Campbell started her own business at the age of 22, embarking on a career that has seen her work with royalty, such the Duke and Duchess of York, and rock stars, such as Rod Stewart. Campbell, known for her warmth and wit, has created fabric, wallpaper and furniture collections and is the author of five books on interior design. Q: How old were you when you realized this was something you’d like to do? A: I think about 10. My mother was always moving house and I was con-stantly in the wallpaper shop choosing wallpaper for my bedroom. I remember a lot of them quite distinctly. I really loved it. There were all these colors, and children like color, don’t they? I think it was a done deal quite early on. Q: How would you describe your style? A: It’s interesting because people often have expectations. A project I just com-pleted was quite contemporary and probably most people who think they know what I do would be very surprised to see it. Otherwise, on the whole, we tend to do something more classic. I like to do that classic with a contempo-rary edge so it has a crispness to it. I think you get that with color and tex-ture. It still does all the right things, but it is very fresh and very new. Q: Are there things people tend to over-look? A: Quite often they overlook the light and what the view is. You need to focus on that. If you’ve got something really beauti-ful going on outside a window, you want to accentuate it and make it accessible. Q: What is the best advice anyone gave you? A: John Fowler told me never to complete a room on paper. Always let the room speak to you and tell you what it needs. I think that is very true. I think you get a room to a certain point, and then you want to stand in it and add the finishing touches. Maybe you get a wonderful lamp or wonderful piece of fabric for cushions, something you can just add that makes that spark. Some-times, you just find it when the room is ready. Q: Did you ever consider a different career? A: I don’t think I had many other options. [Laughs.] I would have loved to walk on a stage and play the most exquisite music, but that wasn’t going to happen. I don’t think I really hanker after anyone else’s job. I’m really very happy doing what I do. Q: That’s got to make you feel good. A: [Laughs.] It is a bit of a relief, isn’t it? 32 T HE H IGH E ND

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Ken Weingartner

<br /> Q: How old were you when you realized this was something you’d like to do?<br /> A: I think about 10. My mother was always moving house and I was constantly in the wallpaper shop choosing wallpaper for my bedroom. I remember a lot of them quite distinctly. I really loved it. There were all these colors, and children like color, don’t they? I think it was a done deal quite early on.<br /> <br /> Q: How would you describe your style?<br /> A: It’s interesting because people often have expectations. A project I just completed was quite contemporary and probably most people who think they know what I do would be very surprised to see it. Otherwise, on the whole, we tend to do something more classic. I like to do that classic with a contemporary edge so it has a crispness to it. I think you get that with color and texture. It still does all the right things, but it is very fresh and very new.<br /> <br /> Q: Are there things people tend to overlook?<br /> A: Quite often they overlook the light and what the view is. You need to focus on that. If you’ve got something really beautiful going on outside a window, you want to accentuate it and make it accessible.<br /> <br /> Q: What is the best advice anyone gave you?<br /> A: John Fowler told me never to complete a room on paper. Always let the room speak to you and tell you what it needs. I think that is very true. I think you get a room to a certain point, and then you want to stand in it and add the finishing touches. Maybe you get a wonderful lamp or wonderful piece of fabric for cushions, something you can just add that makes that spark. Sometimes, you just find it when the room is ready.<br /> <br /> Q: Did you ever consider a different career?<br /> A: I don’t think I had many other options. [Laughs.] I would have loved to walk on a stage and play the most exquisite music, but that wasn’t going to happen. I don’t think I really hanker after anyone else’s job. I’m really very happy doing what I do.<br /> <br /> Q: That’s got to make you feel good.<br /> A: [Laughs.] It is a bit of a relief, isn’t it?

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