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6 An enormous natural stone sculpture
and a rainbow of threads "sewn" across
the ceiling feature prominently in the
lobby of The Whitby Hotel in New York.
7 In The Orangery restaurant at The
Whitby Hotel, Kemp turned antique
meat platters sourced on eBay into
an art installation by hanging them on
black felt behind acrylic frames.
KIT KEMP
FIRMDALE HOTELS

SIMON BROWN ( THE WHITBY HOTEL; K EMP)

opened in April with the seventh floor transformed into a
"loft" with three areas: a bedroom, dining room and drawing
room. Showcasing her furniture designs (all named after
members of her team) for Firmdale properties as well as
numerous product design commissions, the space proved a
microcosm of her layered hotel interiors. Kemp's comprehensive approach considers how the eye carries from one
room to the next, while each vignette has a foundational
recipe of patterns to create balanced proportion: one large,
one geometric, one small and one solid fabric. The three
areas are tied together by a wallcovering with a 10-foot
repeat. From headboards, chairs and textiles to lighting,
rugs, soft furnishings and more, the collection is a threedimensional portfolio of her design career.
"I've designed these pieces over many years," she says,
"and this is the first time they've been in one space. It was
so interesting to see how the whole lot works together and that they do!"
Deciding which pieces to include was tricky, but they are
all things she loves and uses throughout her designs. The
team made sure to include selections that embody her
creative philosophy, even "one-off mad things like birdbaths
that can be used as fruit bowls."
The common thread? They are all vibrant. "Color is the
easiest way to make people feel happy," she says. Those kaleidoscopic bits needn't be exorbitant, though. "It's the democratic way they come together," she says. A favorite technique
is to elevate "ordinary" craft into something special by
creating a collection. For example, in the bowling alley at
Ham Yard Hotel, London, a rainbow of bowling shoes
becomes art with the right lighting. At The Whitby Hotel,
New York, antique meat platters sourced on eBay are hung on
black felt behind acrylic frames in The Orangery restaurant,
while the bar is adorned with 57 baskets styles from around
the world. A favorite find of Kemp's is the 8-ft.-tall stuffed bear
that sits at The Whitby's bar, just one of the menagerie of
"funny odd things" she stored in two vast warehouses in
Queens while the hotel was under development.
Those warehouses will undoubtedly be replenished as
Firmdale's next New York hotel, a newbuild in Tribeca, comes
to life in the years to come. The design team is also already
redoing a pair of suites at The Whitby, plus remodeling one
long-stay apartment at Ham Yard during the time window
created by a change in occupancy, with other select guestrooms and suites scheduled for refurbishment later this year.
Other new London projects include a brasserie, as well as a
bakery and training academy slated to open summer 2019.
Perhaps for Kemp, success is now defined in different
terms. She designed a collection of embroidered furnishings
for Fine Cell Work, a British social enterprise that trains
prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework to increase
their chances of successful employment upon release. One
thing's for certain: whatever Kemp puts her hand to, she is
sure to weave magic.


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From the Editor
The Buzz
Heroes And Mavericks: Fierce Friends
Fun Pass
Queens Of London
Go Small, Go Home
Products: Flooring
Products: Seating
Exit Interview
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