Kit Kemp, interior designer and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels, is renowned for her strikingly original interiors, textiles, furniture and homewares. Now she is sprinkling her design magic on the seventh-floor loft space of New York department store Bergdorf Goodman, which will be transformed into a “world of Kit Kemp” from April 19 to August 12. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to showcase all my collaborations and designs in one place under one roof,” she says.
Kemp’s love of colour, pattern and texture will be showcased in a series of visually distinctive room sets, each designed to be experienced in the same way as guests arriving at her New York The Whitby and Crosby Street hotels. All the pieces will be available for sale, from bespoke sofas (from $18,000) to chairs (from $2,600), tables (from $2,400) and lighting (from $1,900). Those sourcing soft furnishings will find headboards with specially embroidered motifs (from $9,800), rugs (from $3,500), cushions (from $175) and blankets/throws (from $1,300) – and several pieces feature fabrics (from $175 per m) from Kemp’s recent collaboration with Andrew Martin.
Kemp will also fly the flag for British talent by presenting collectable artworks (from $525) and one-off objets (from $95), while launching Sailor’s Farewell – her latest collection of fine bone china for Wedgwood (from $75 to $425), exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman, which visitors can try first hand by heading to the store’s BG Restaurant to enjoy English afternoon tea served on it.