Ask the Expert: Campion Platt, Designer to the Stars
From private residences to boutique hotels the American based interior designer, Campion Platt is no novice to luxury design. With an extensive portfolio spanning all over the globe we spoke to him about his inspirations and aspirations in the world of interior design.
What first drew you to the world of Architecture, and then how did you make the transition into Interior Design?
I was first interested in architecture while studying in Zurich Switzerland in high school at age 15. My father was an engineer, my mother and artist so perhaps I inherited a combination of both which are useful in architecture and interiors. As I started my practice in New York City I quickly realized that architecture is only one component of designing great spaces, both public and private. As I was initially working on smaller spaces and with my great interest in furniture design, I began to customize the interiors as a part of and to compliment the overall theme of the design and create a “story”. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a great inspiration to me for his holistic approach to interiors creating the architecture around the furniture, fabrics, wallpaper…etc.. Late, I began to take on work that allowed me to control both aspects of design process and this has also lead to many fruitful licensing relationships to create product for other companies.
How do you come up with your luxurious designs? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I have always been concerned with the tactile aspect of design because everybody appreciates luxurious finishes to the hand and eye. Proportion and scale are equally important to creating the interiors for a space. Luxury is synonymous with sumptuous.
Where do you see Interior Design going?
I believe as the Internet provides better and more real time interior design options for the general consumer, interior designers will become more editors of designs instead of procuring design items as the business is currently structured. Many clients come to the design relationship with full Pinterest boards and Houzz links to favourites instead of the traditional tear sheets and photos in an old folder. With the ease of purchase only one click away, designers need to stake their aesthetic ground to remain relevant as the true arbiters of taste.
We recently collaborated with you for Holiday House London, how long have you been involved with Holiday House and which showcase has been your favourite?
Thanks again for your great work on our room, a real collaborative effort! I have been designing rooms for Holiday House for many years. Each new showcase is my favourite because I always learn something new about design – and from other rooms and designers as well.
What do you think about the service Ultimate Library provides?
I wish you were in New York and China where I am working. I need your insight into what works in the space and to make the book collection “real”, not forced or overly designed – trying to make an impression.
What’s next for you?
I am finishing up 3 hotel projects in America and then headed to China for new projects. I am working on a new book, which hopefully will make your keenly edited library.
What would be your one tip for interior designers?
Travel and read/look at design and listen to your gut about what works for a design – don’t force it.
Could you give us your Top 5 glossy books that any coffee table needs?
Vogue 100: ACentury of Style
By Robin Muir
Spanning ten decades of style, Vogue 100 chronicles the men and women who have shaped our popular culture, fashion, consumer habits and taste over the last century.
Designed in the USSR: 1950 – 1989
By Moscow Design Museum
This book celebrates a fascinating, and largely undocumented, collection of Soviet items designed from 1950-1989. Spanning everything from children’s toys to electronics, each intriguing item tells a wider story of Russia and her captivating history.
By H. Walter Lack
A ravishing and elegant collection of some of Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s most beautiful botanical water colour paintings.
By John Pawson
Celebrated architect, John Pawson, turns his focus onto his own photographs that tells of the vibrant and intricately textured world we all inhabit.