Luke Edward Hall designs for Duncan Campbell

the decorator, artist luke edward hall’s redesigns the
bedroom he shares with his equally stylish boyfriend, designer
duncan campbell in camden, north london

the designer: luke edward hall

luke edward hall studied menswear design at central
saint martins and graduated in 2012, before going to work for the
architectural and interior designer ben pentreath. luke set up his own studio in
the autumn of 2015. primarily an artist, he also designs interiors,
fabrics and ceramics.

the muse: duncan campbell

luke’s partner duncan is one half of campbell-rey, a
creative consultancy and design partnership founded with charlotte
rey in 2014. they launched their début furniture collection at the
salone del mobile in 2017.

before & after

the scheme

  • there is a lot going on in this room but we couldn’t
    help ourselves.
    we both love bright colour and mixing
    patterns and prints. personally i kind of like it when things
    clash. it makes everything a bit more interesting.

from left: ‘pheasant’ wallpaper in malachite from twigs; photograph by tinko
framed by circa 48, oil pastel sketch of poseidon
by luke edward hall, prints by jean cocteau, bed cushions by luke edward
, bed linen is loaf‘s ‘lazy linen’ in dusty pink; cashmere
‘arran bed throw’ in wine from begg & co; ‘nellie table lamp’ in mootard
and pink shade from pooky; door painted in farrow & ball calke green (full

  • i spoke with duncan at the start of the project and we
    decided that we definitely wanted to do a patterned
    after throwing ideas back and forth we settled on
    leopard. we’d both recently been looking at madeleine castaing’s interiors for jean
    cocteau, and the liberal use of leopard really inspired
  • we wanted to use pattern on the walls too and came
    across a wonderful marbled design by twigs.
    we’re both big
    fans of green, so naturally chose the malachite colourway (also one
    of duncan’s favourite materials).
  • then it was a case of finding a colour that would work
    well on all of the woodwork
    and with the wallpaper as well
    as the carpet. we decided to go for farrow & ball’s calke green
    in a gloss finish because we’re both feeling all things shiny and
    lacquered at the moment.

image clockwise from left: ‘pheasant’ wallpaper in
malachite by twigs from simon playle; prints of greek gods from luke’s
holiday in montalcino in electric blue mounts and gilt frames,
‘flora’ mirror from balineum in a custom ‘antique rose’ colourway;
bespoke bench in ‘craft’ fabric by pierre frey in the ‘mimosa’ with turnell
& gigon
‘ganton tape’ trim in green.

  • duncan kept his (our!) old sleigh bed, the
    glass and brass faux-bamboo side tables and a mahogany chest of
  • we had a bespoke bench made in sunflower yellow linen
    from pierre frey with a green greek key tape
    . every
    bedroom needs an armchair or bench for throwing clothes on at the
    end of a long day.
  • above the bench is a wonderful, curvy mirror from
    balineum that we had painted in a custom antique rose
     either side of the pink mirror are old prints
    of greek gods that i picked up for next to nothing on holiday in
    montalcino earlier this year. i had them framed with electric blue
    mounts and gilt frames. the flash of gold works well in the
  • we built shelves above the old chest of drawers to
    house books which previously lived on the
     after the shelves were installed, there was
    just about room for a small lamp on top of the chest of drawers –
    we chose a panethella mini table lamp by louis poulsen from
    skandium – i’ve always liked the shape and the range of colours its
    available in. it’s the perfect size and you can dim the light
  • the ceramics (a tall vase on the chest of drawers and a
    little vase and a platter on one of the bedside tables)

    are hand-painted by me, and there is an oil pastel sketch by me
    above the bed too, of poseidon. i spilt coloured water on it by
    mistake but then rather liked its new look. the larger, purple
    piece is a photograph by our extremely talented friend tinko
    czetwertynski. the smaller pieces above the bedside lamps are jean
    cocteau prints.
  • we kept the curtains from the old bedroom
    they were made last year in a dusky pink velvet from pierre
  • the bright yellow table lamps are from pooky and so are
    the pink shades
    , although i painted these with a red greek
    key motif. another flash of gold comes from the wardrobe and drawer
    handles which are actually pieces of shiny faux coral from etsy. how could we resist those?
  • lastly, the cushions on the bed are by me. the
    dusky pink bed linen is from loaf and the super soft pillar-box red
    throw is from begg & co.

about the designer

  • how did you become an interior designer? i’ve
    been interested in many forms of design since childhood. while i
    was studying fashion design i was also restoring and selling
    antiques online in my spare time. i think my interest in interiors
    originally stemmed from working at a national
    trust property on sundays as a teenager – i became fascinated
    with grand old houses and their interiors.
  • how would you describe your style? 
    colourful, layered, fun. i’m inspired by various design periods
    from regency to the seventies.
  • which other interior designers have inspired your
    john fowler, madeleine castaing, david hicks, ashley hicks and my previous boss
    ben pentreath.
  • a design book you think everyone should
    interior life‘ by gert
  • the colour you most like to decorate? 
    green, i guess because it feels like you’re bringing the outdoors
  • your most enduring interior design related
    i remember, as a child, having three shelves in my
    bedroom stuffed full of my favourite possessions (a lot of lego and
    ceramic dragons), which i’d constantly rearrange to look as good as
    possible. i basically do exactly the same thing now but with more
    grown-up objects. although actually not that much more grown-up.
    there is a ceramic octopus on top of the chest of drawers in our
  • any young british interiors brands you
    balineum – i’m obsessed with sarah’s
    mirrors and patterned tiles which she has made in italy. i think
    we’re going to use some in our new kitchen.
  • a country that has inspired your style of
    england! you can’t beat classic english
    country house style.
  • how would you describe the mood in british interior
    design right now?
    i think everyone in general is being a
    lot braver with colour and pattern, which is wonderful.
  • the most useful piece of design related advice you’ve
    ever received?
    one good piece stuck in my head the other
    day – i was asking duncan whether the insane mix of gorgeous
    flowers in various shades of hot pink and orange would be too much
    in the bedroom and if we should go for the softer, paler option. he
    said: ‘look, if we’re going to go for it, we should really go for
    it’. and that’s a good motto for life i reckon. don’t do things by
    halves, even flowers (which came, by the way, from fern verrow’s
    farm in herefordshire).
  • share a contact from your address book. i get
    all of my framing done at circa 48 in kentish town – they have a
    fantastic choice of frames and david, the owner, is great at what
    he does and is very accommodating. he also has a giant white
  • do you have any budget-saving advice? 
    pooky make fantastic and very affordable table lamps, floor lights
    and pendants.
  • are there any other emerging young interior designers
    working right now who you rate? 
    my good friend rachel
    – she’s brave and brilliant.
  • how do you see a scheme through from a bare room to
    i think rooms have to develop fairly slowly.
    take this bedroom for example – we did it in a short space of time
    and no doubt we’ll want to change a few things around, add more
    artwork, that sort of thing. the house i’ve been working on in
    somerset really came alive once the client had moved in and started
    leaving clutter around – books, coffee cups, notepads and pens. i
    like it when rooms feel lived in and real, not sterile. and that
    does take time – you can fake it to an extent, but a new room needs
    to settle.

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