In partnership with Bang & Olufsen, we meet the design consultant bringing her “more is more” philosophy to London’s interiors.
As one half of design consultancy Campbell-Rey, Charlotte Rey has built a business around a steady belief in her own good taste and her eye for offbeat beauty. After meeting business partner Duncan Campbell while they were both editors at Acne Studio’s biannual print publication, they struck out to found their own London-based practice in 2014. A roster of prestigious clients—from Bulgari to Bentley—have followed suit. Rey, who recently moved into an apartment in Notting Hill, elaborates on the joys of maximalism, her need for nature, and how the fundamentals of personal style translate when moving home.
How would you describe your design style?
My aesthetic is very colorful and quite bonkers at times. I like mixing historical objects with new things, and I’m really drawn to pieces that have a beautiful material or finish or an aspect of human craftsmanship to them.
How do such tastes translate into a home?
I love the idea of a style being warm, convivial and fun. I’m not somebody who goes for a space that needs interpretation, or a house that is so minimalist that when you put a glass down it throws the energy of the room off-kilter. I like a room that gets better with time and that gets better with the more people in it.
What are the fundamentals of good design?
Design should bring joy and beauty to other people. It’s something that is common sense, yet it’s also close to the human heart and experience. In general, people are quite scared of notions of style and beauty. An overall rule is to be a little bit more adventurous. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in the journey of understanding what you find beautiful.
How do you integrate technology into spaces that have a heritage feel?
It’s important that a heritage space doesn’t become nostalgic, but showcases the best of the past with the best of the present in order to stay relevant. We make a point of mixing high and low culture, the modern and the classic, the decorative with the minimalist—so integrating technology has never posed a challenge for us. Today, a lot of technology is crafted so beautifully that it becomes a design object in its own right. You can either build in things like speakers, or you can place them on top of a stack of books so that they become a little vignette in themselves.