How The Timeless Dolce Vita Of Hotel Il Pellicano Remains Current

Equal parts each collaborator, London-based design studio Campbell-Rey has again partnered with the Swedish rug company Nordic Knots to create an exclusive piece for every room in Tuscany’s Hotel Il Pellicano. The resulting design, Climbing Vine, feels both timeless and fresh, while paying homage to this legendary property, famously immortalised by the photographer Slim Aarons.

How do you create something that is both timeless and contemporary? Liza Laserow and Fabian Berglund, Nordic Knots): We believe in being true to ourselves—we must genuinely like what we create, and we never try to set or follow a trend. We have so many different sources of inspiration, so our designs are constantly evolving over time.

Where do you source your fabrics, materials and dyes? Our wool is sourced from New Zealand and Europe and woven into rugs by highly skilled artisan weavers in Bhadohi, India.

What makes Hotel II Pellicano unique and what excites you about the property? There is this enduring magic about Hotel Il Pellicano—its rich history, location, and the way that it continues to innovate. Once you’re there, you never want to leave.

Where is your favorite tucked away spot in the hotel? The terracotta-colored buildings against the backdrop of the rolling Tuscan hills is magical. And the gardens, you feel a great sense of calm as you walk between the cypress and pine trees.

You’ve traveled the world for your work—what are some of the most inspiring cities or landmarks you have come across and why? New York is our number one love and will forever be the most inspiring place to us. It never fails to hit you where you need it the most and give you something you didn’t know you were looking for.

What is always in your suitcase and why? Clothes in black and white only, plus one pair of vintage Levis.

Liza: I never travel without my jewelry case.

What were your references and inspirations for the design and colors?Charlotte Rey, Campbell-Rey: The design is called Climbing Vine and was inspired by Gustavian scrolling floral motifs from Sweden, where Nordic Knots is based. We updated the colors, inspired by the rich terracotta hues of Hotel Il Pellicano’s exterior, as well as the deep greens of the rosemary bushes in its gardens.

How do you create something that is both timeless and contemporary?Duncan Campbell, Campbell-Rey: We follow our instincts towards something that feels alluring and elegant yet practical. And we always try to include an element that feels unexpected.

What makes Hotel Il Pellicano unique and what excites you about the property? Charlotte: Everything about the hotel is exciting to us, and we believe that is what makes it legendary. It’s not just the beautiful location, the wonderful food, the gorgeous gardens, and the instinctive service—it’s something very special that Marie-Louise Sciò and her family bring. The French call it je ne sais quoi, and when you’ve found it you know it.

Where is your favorite tucked away spot in the hotel? Duncan: At the bar with master bartender Federico Morosi as he mixes you a very cold martini.

Interiors and spaces tell a story—what is the story you want to tell? Charlotte: We want to invite people to enjoy life and live well, to have fun and to entertain comfortably.

You’ve traveled the world for your work—what are some of the most inspiring cities or landmarks you have come across and why? Duncan: We are both madly in love with Italy and the Italian way of life. Each city has its own personality and fascinating landmarks.

What is always in your suitcase and why? Duncan: I never go anywhere without my sketchbook and pencils. When inspiration strikes you have got to be ready.

Charlotte: I always travel with a really good cocktail dress. Who knows what nightfall might bring.

What made the designs of Campbell-Rey and Nordic Knots the right fit for an Italian hideaway? Marie-Louise Sciò, Hotel Il Pellicano: I was immediately drawn to the vine design. The foliage reminded me of Tuscany, while the warm sienna and cotton hues feel authentic to Il Pellicano. The design captures the experience of holiday bliss.

What makes Hotel Il Pellicano unique and what excites you about the property? So many things make Il Pellicano unique: its history, the destination, the passion that everybody puts into making the service impeccable.

Where is your favorite tucked away spot in the hotel? I love the stairs that lead down to the beach.

Interiors and spaces tell a story—what is the story you want to tell at the hotel? I want to create a dialogue between the past and the present. Through the years, we have improved the hotel and made it more contemporary, while also trying to maintain its old-school allure.

You’ve traveled the world for your work—what are some of the most inspiring cities or landmarks you have come across and why? It has to be Patagonia and Lapland; I love being outside and taking in the beauty around us.

What is always in your suitcase and why? Loads of things! Headphones because I am always listening to music. A cashmere scarf, so I can stay cozy when needed. A white T-shirt, it is versatile and essential. And stilettos, because a lady never knows!

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