Meet The Judge: Gordon Campbell Gray

BY Harper's Bazaar Interiors / Nov 16 2017 / 21:00 PM

Read to find out what the founder and creative force behind Gordon Campbell Grey Hotels has to stay about this year's Interiors Awards and his exciting new projects in the Middle East

Meet The Judge: Gordon Campbell Gray
Gordon Campbell Gray

Harper's Bazaar Interiors: What are the current trends that you are witnessing in the global hotel industry?
Gordon Campbell Gray: I am noting that there is a very interesting shift towards the need for more affordable hotels, which have great design and carefully considered philosophies. This is an area that has historically been rather neglected and is now much sought-after. 

HBI: What projects are you currently working on?
GCG: At Campbell Gray Hotels, we're currently working on several exciting new projects, two of which are in the Middle East. Campbell Gray Living, which connects to The Campbell Gray hotel in Amman, Jordan, and we shall be opening our new development in Bahrain soon – watch this space!

An interior view of a Gordon Campbell Grey project

HBI: What are your thoughts on the design scene in the Middle East?
GCG: My thoughts on the design scene in the Middle East are that I feel it tends to try too hard at times. I sense that there's a desire and need for more restrained design and higher quality. The market in certain sectors is becoming more sophisticated and with that, the desire for more originality and calm is beginning to prevail.

An interior view of a Gordon Campbell Grey project

HBI: What do you feel the Harper’s Bazaar Interior Awards mean for the region?
GCG: I think the Harper's Bazaar Interior Awards are wonderful for the region and offer greater awareness and visibility to a really vibrant range of talent.

HBI: What would a win at the HBI Awards mean for the nominated brand/designer?
GCG: A win at at HBI Awards would mean a lot to the brand or designer. It will highlight their talent, increase their recognition and, of course, being recognised in such a way would give them an enormous sense of pride.

Winners announced at Downtown Design (14-17 Nov) and in the Winter issue of Harper's Bazaar Interiors, out now.