As we celebrate the launch of our Outdoor 22 collection, we attempt to stave off the April showers with up-and-coming design duo Campbell-Rey, who offer their picks for making the most out of the warmer months ahead.
An award-winning design studio founded by Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey, Campbell-Rey celebrates conviviality, colour and craftsmanship in its interior, product and furniture design pursuits. The innovative design duo have collaborated with 1stdibs, Kartell, Christie's and Bulgari, and were recently included in Architectural Digest Germany's list of the most influential designers and architects working today. Having featured in The Wall Street Journal, The World of Interiors, Vogue Living and Architectural Digest, Campbell-Rey are renowned for their joyful, elegant aesthetic and expert storytelling abilities. With the spring season underway and the summer sun fast approaching, we turn to the design experts to select their top picks from our Outdoor edit.
A favoured pastime of many in the warmer months is outdoor socialising. To elevate such occasions, Campbell-Rey highlight the Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen by Alpes Inox: "We love nothing more than cooking with friends for a big outdoor summery lunch, so this would be a great addition to any outside cooking area." Completing the setting, the duo pick out The Conran Shop's Ceramic Wine Cooler, making them think of "Provence in the summer," the Bistrot Cutlery collection and mustard-hued Linen Napkins to "bring a bolt of joy to the table." Campbell-Rey select The Conran Shop's Croquet Set for after-lunch fun and games: "the loveliest of social garden games, a summer party should not be without one."
If your garden needs a little TLC after months of hibernation, Campbell-Rey have got you covered with Niwaki's Topiary Clippers and Garden Shears to "make light work of any box hedging." If you're looking for some green inspiration, the duo recommend looking up "Les Jardins de Marqueyssac for top topiary inspo." To complete the garden scheme in style, Campbell-Rey select Volta's extra-large Etourdi Mobile, a dynamic, upscaled version of the classic mobile designed exclusively for The Conran Shop; "perfect in the garden or at the end of your pool for that Calder at La Colombe d'Or effect."
Aiding their alfresco activities, Campbell-Rey favour our fair-weather travel options, including tokyobike's Mono Bisou Bicycle, "Great in the city, even better in the country," and Unagi's Model One Scooter. The pair reflects, "We went scooting around Djurgården in Stockholm on a crisp May day last year and got completely hooked." The Model One is perfect for city commuters, folding away with one simple click. And, if the months ahead aren't quite as warm as we're all hoping, Campbell-Rey recommend bringing a little bit of joy indoors with the Conran Shop-exclusive Avocado Vase from Ilex Studio: "We cannot have enough of these! Fill them with avocado stones and watch them grow on your windowsill."