This exclusive interview with architect and designer Campion Platt was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in New York during May 2011
Interview with Campion Platt
What inspired you to become an architect with a total concept vision?
I have always been inspired by the great holistic architects and builders. From the first master builders in Egypt, these trained architects had to have a broad knowledge and experience in order to execute total designs. In the 19th and 20th centuries, William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa all come to mind as great sources of inspiration.
Please tell us a bit more about the “green village” at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, located on the historic grounds of The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Nestled in the mountains of Sulphur Springs VA, is the historic Greenbrier hotel built in 1858 as an historic destination getaway. I was asked to design a green village development comprised of all green architecture and interiors reflecting the Appalachian vernacular and incorporating low carbon footprint design. We achieved this by finding all the materials for the project within a 500 mile radius of the hotel. I also designed a eco collection of fabrics for the project for HBF Textiles; http://campionplatt.com/product/view/hbf/
What is your personal definition of the word luxury?
Luxury is most about having time to enjoy what you cherish, whether it be a New York City penthouse, a Caribbean beach bungalow, time with your loved ones or just yourself. Luxury design and products all aspire to provide one with an ethereal sense of euphoria and abandon, in a word – happiness!
Describe your style?
I am definitely a modernist with a luxury bent, but consider my clients inspirations as aspirations foremost and as drivers for the grand design idea. As a result, all my projects vary greatly. I would also say I am classic, cozy, and comfortable with an eco/organic twist.
You are provided one white room with one large window and you can place one piece of furniture in it. What would it be? And why?
I assume you mean the room, not the window. I would have to say my "sleeping hero" daybed. You can dream on it, eat, play, talk, work on it and best of all, you can fold it up and put it away- the ultimate luxury of creating empty space without it.