How Hotel Il Pellicano’s timeless Dolce Vita stays current

London-based design studio Campbell-Rey has once again teamed up with Swedish rug company Nordic Knots to create an exclusive piece for each room at Hotel Il Pellicano in Tuscany. The resulting design, Climbing vineit feels both timeless and fresh while paying homage to this legendary property, famously captured by 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 have to truly love what we create and never try to define 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 weavers in Bhadohi, India.

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

Where is your favorite hidden spot in the hotel? The terracotta colored buildings against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Tuscany are magical. And in the gardens, you feel a great sense of calm as you walk among the cypresses and pines.

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

What is always in your suitcase and why? Only black and white clothes, plus a pair of vintage Levis.

Lisa: I never travel without my jewelry box.

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 the floral patterns of Gustavian scrolling 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 green of the rosemary bushes in its gardens.

How do you create something that is both timeless and contemporary?Duncan Campbell, Campbell-Ray: We follow our instincts towards something that looks alluring and stylish but also 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 great food, the lovely gardens and the intuitive service – it’s something very special that Marie-Louise Sciò and her family bring. The French say so je ne sais quoiand when you find it you know it.

Where is your favorite hidden 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, have fun and have fun comfortably.

You’ve traveled the world for work—what are some of the most inspiring cities or landmarks you’ve encountered 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 notebook and pencils. When inspiration strikes, you have to be ready.

Charlotte: I always travel in a really good cocktail dress. Who knows what the night may bring.

What made Campbell-Rey and Nordic Knots designs a perfect fit for an Italian retreat? Marie-Louise Sciò, Hotel Il Pellicano: I was immediately drawn to the vine design. The foliage reminded me of Tuscany, while the warm shades of sienna and cotton are 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 everyone puts into making the service impeccable.

Where is your favorite hidden spot in the hotel? I love the stairs leading down to the beach.

Interiors and spaces tell a story — what is the story you want to tell in the hotel? I want to create a dialogue between the past and the present. Over the years, we have improved the hotel and made it more modern, while trying to preserve its old charm.

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

What is always in your suitcase and why? A bunch of stuff! Headphones because I always listen to music. A cashmere scarf, so I can stay cozy when needed. A white t-shirt is versatile and essential. And stilettos, because a lady never knows!

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