By Arwa Lodhi
Campion Platt is a New York based designer whose projects embrace luxury, creativity, and of course, eco-awareness. His haute American style has gained him accolades such as being placed on Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” list of the world’s top interior designers and New York Magazine’s “The City’s 100 Best Architects and Decorators.”
Many of his projects have been featured on the pages of prestigious American magazines, including Elle Décor, the World of Interiors, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, and Esquire, and he’s gained a loyal celebrity following, including clients Meg Ryan, Conan O’Brien and Jay McInerney.
In this exclusive interview, Campion tells us more about healthy homes and happy clients.
What specifically makes an interior design eco-friendly?
I think the first step is the correct intention, leaning all decisions towards a more sustainable approach to production, transportation, installation and finally the end user experience. Once eco is the goal, all decisions are naturally more tailored towards green solutions.
You’ve created a lot of interiors, ranging from the ‘ultimate bachelor pad’ for Esquire to the MercBar in New York. Which of these eco-friendly projects are you most proud of?
I continue to learn and seek out new eco-friendly products all the time for each project. My most green designs have been the Greenhomes at the Greenbriar.
Which household items do you think should be considered a priority for those who want an eco-friendly interior?
Any new appliance because consuming energy should be our greatest concern. Try to buy local if possible. Next would be anything your body comes in contact with so: light, air, heat, cooling, fabric, floors, walls. All of these can have an eco role in the home.
Which companies do you work with on your projects?
I am always looking for the green back story to a company and its practices, but am also looking for innovations each time I am out in the market. I am big fan of Nest.com and their home security products. They exploit current technology to make homes more energy efficient and safe. I also designed an eco textile collection for HBF Textiles and try to use their products as much as possible. Most of the
legendary fabric companies have introduced an eco-collection of some kind so I am always keen to seek out their newest products.
Which are your best tips for creating an eco-friendly design?
The fastest and least expensive way to change a room is by painting it. I use Low VOC paints in all applications. And because we now design to live more outdoors, I love all the newest indoor/outdoor eco-fabric collections.
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