“Designer’s Notebook”: Nina Campbell’s Cathay Collection for Autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbells autumn 2014 cathay collection

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

As promised last week, I would love to share with you Nina Campbell’s 2014 Fall collection called Cathay.  Nina Campbell has chosen the literary name for Imperial China for this collection of fabric and wallpapers of oriental inspiration.  This collection is well suited to both classical and contemporary interiors.

Cathay Parade

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This fabric and wallpaper depicts an ancient Chinese festival.  Costumed figures in celebratory mood bearing flags and parasols parade up a tree-lined meandering path toward a stylized pagoda.

Suzhou

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

A famous garden city lends its name to his bouguet of sweet peas with a vertical garland border.  This pattern is one of my favorites in this collection, as I do adore sweet peas.  Sadly, I have great difficulty growing them in the garden  at Chestnut Cottage!

Pamir

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

The Pamir mountain range gives its name to this contemporary painterly design of paisley motifs, which dance amoungst pretty flowers. I love this blue colorway and think this pattern would be at home in a variety of design styles!

Mahayana

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This opulent paisley damask pattern is named after an ancient nomadic tribe from the north of China.  I love the wonderful range of colorways of this pattern.

This pattern was inspired by a kimono belt purchased by Nina on her travels.  Basket weave squares created by precise brushstrokes in metallic and lacquer colourings is named after a school of Buddhism.

Sansui

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

This ornamental trellis pattern, named after a garden in Shanghai was inspired by Chinese screens commissioned by Nina for a client.  Some of the colorways have been printed with a metallic effects.  I prefer the non-metallic patterns.

What a classic and beautiful collection this is! Of course there are several other patterns in this collection, but these are my favorites. As a designer, I can always depend on Nina Campbell to produce beautiful collections that are not trendy and become classic.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents nina campbell cathay collection for autumn 2014

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One Response to “Designer’s Notebook”: Nina Campbell’s Cathay Collection for Autumn 2014

  1. franki says:

    This WILL BE a classic!! franki

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