Having grown up as the daughter of interior design royalty Nina Campbell, Rita Konig spent her childhood immersed in the lavishly stylish aesthetics of Belgravia luxury. From a young age, she was aware of her growing interest in interiors, joining her mother on shopping trips and learning the process of building texture and colour using fabric books.
Rita began her career as a research assistant for Harper’s Bazaar while also learning the nuts and bolts of design working in her mother’s shop as a buyer and merchandiser. She swiftly moved on to writing a column at Vogue, and had her first book ‘Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life’ published before moving to New York in 2005 to work on the newly launched Domino magazine with Deborah Needleman.
Her natural interest in interiors and exposure to her mother’s work (with clients that included celebrities and royalty) naturally led Rita from a career in writing to interior design, launching her own eponymous design studio in 2012 based in London. Rita has continued to build her thriving design practice with both residential and commercial projects around the world, including the luxury boutique 850 Hotel in West Hollywood and Los Angeles’ most sought-after members’ club, the San Vicente Bungalows.
Alongside her design studio, Rita has also written extensively for The Telegraph, Domino, T Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, with her decorating tips and design advice most recently having become a staple column in House & Garden.
Though Rita and Nina Campbell are both renowned for interior design, their personal style is rather different; Rita indulges in a more subtle approach of layering pretty colours, textures and layout, with the view that “The way you see your house is from within”. As a self-professed lover of clutter and pattern, her signature style is a blend of English comfort and American sleekness resulting in an effortlessly relaxed, highly livable, and, most of all, happy space.
“I prefer to leave gaps to allow rooms to evolve,” says Rita. “There are things that happen in the process of living in a space. For me, it’s all about letting rooms settle into themselves.”
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