As one of the most sought after creators of luxury modern life around the world, Alexandra Champalimaud she is known as a fearless designer who enthusiastically embraces change, but at Camp Kent, she shares her rustic summer resort in Connecticut with her husband Bruce Schnitzer and their large multigenerational family, she prefers things to stay the same. Please join me and Susanna for a video visit to this remarkable escape to the lake.
Whether it’s the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the charming Topping Rose House in the Hamptons, Little Nell in Aspen or Troutbeck, the award-winning hotel in Dutchess County, Alexandra intuitively knows how to combine a specific sense of place with outstanding style.
For Alexandra, it’s all in the story. And while in her many global hospitality projects she has “reshaped historic properties, infusing spaces with useful modernity while maintaining integrity, character and spirit”, at Camp Kent her goal was to drain the essence of the place by maintaining the original structure and keeping it very real and honest.
“It takes a lot of discipline for a designer not to think perfectly,” she explained, but “ugly is perfect here!”
For the month of August, her and Bruce’s reunited family of four children, a spouse and ten grandchildren spend the entire month riding on the lake, cooking, performing and having fun with freedom and enough space for everyone to explore. And in the end, everyone cries as they leave.
all photos of Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
So thank you Alexandra and Bruce, I know Suzana too and I would cry at the end of August too! To learn more about Alexandra’s talents, you can read about her design of a penthouse apartment at Fairmont, San Francisco, she renovation of the significant Bel-Air Hotel and her chic outdoor fabric collection Comptoirs for Holland & Sherry. And be sure to check out our video visit to their historic home in Litchfield.