Few interior designers can legitimately claim an utterly unmistakable signature. Jacques Garcia is one; Kelly Wearstler is certainly another. But Kit Kemp goes them all one further – having arguably created an immersive world all of her own making, something of an “Alice’s Wonderland” for unconventional but uniquely cultivated aesthetes.
Now that style is on full glorious display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as the exalted luxury retailer has granted the iconoclastic British designer a trilogy of rooms to write a new chapter in her inimitable stylistic story. Kemp is known, of course, for her daring textile juxtapositions (especially in her and husband Tim Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels in London and NYC), which blend English eccentricity with a uniquely feminine elegance – though certainly urbane gents love just as much.
Central to the new partnership is the launch of a new Wedgwood fine bone china collection, romantically titled Sailor’s Farewell – drawing inspiration from a folkloric tale of a lover waving goodbye to her sea-bound beau. Less obviously dramatic but certainly no less eye-catching will be displays of sofas, chairs, cushions, rugs and blankets sporting fabrics from her recent collection with Brit interior designer Andrew Martin – as well as collectable art and special one-off found items.
“With Bergdorf, it is an opportunity to have all my collaborations and designs in one place under one roof,” Kemp enthuses. “It is the first time I have had the chance to do this, especially in such an iconic place.”
It’s also most serendipitously timed with the release of her latest book Design Thread, published last month via Hardie Grant.
Kit Kemp’s shop at Bergdorf Goodman will be open through August 12; for full effect, book a room or at least an afternoon tea after shopping at Firmdale’s Whitby Hotel, just around the corner.