As one of the most sought-after innovators of contemporary luxury worldwide, Alexandra Champalimaud Known as a courageous designer who embraces change with enthusiasm, but at Camp Kent, her country summer retreat in Connecticut, she shares her with her husband Bruce Schnitzer and their large, multi-generational family, she prefers things to remain the same. Please join me and Susanna on a video visit to this exceptional lakeside getaway.
Whether it’s the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the glamorous Topping Rose House in the Hamptons, The Little Nell in Aspen or Troutbeck, the award-winning hotel in Dutchess County, Alexandra intuitively knows how to connect a certain sense of place in extraordinary fashion.
For Alexandra, it’s all about the story. While she has been working on numerous international hospitality projects, “redesigning historic properties, and imparting spaces of useful modernity while preserving integrity, character and spirit”, her goal at Camp Kent was to discover the essence of the place by preserving and preserving the original structure. It is very real and authentic. .
“It takes a lot of discipline for a designer not to think in perfect terms,” she explained, but “Ugly is perfect here!”
For August, she and Bruce’s mixed family of four children, spouses, and ten grandchildren spend a full month roaming the lake, cooking, performing, and celebrating with freedom and enough space for everyone to explore. In the end, everyone cries as they leave.
All photos by Stacy Bocks for Quintessence
So thank you Alexandra and Bruce, I know Susanna and I will be crying at the end of August too! To learn more about Alexandra’s talents, you can read about her Fairmont San Francisco penthouse designHa Renovation of the historic Bel Air Hotel And its elegant collection of outdoor fabrics Combtowers for Holland and Chery. And be sure to watch our visit on video at their historic home in Litchfield.