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      The Original Kit Kemp

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      The Original Kit Kemp

      Kit Kemp

      Queen of the Unexpected

      Whimsical, eclectic and always hard to pin down, Kit Kemp has much in common with the hotel interiors she’s spent a career fashioning into stand-alone pieces of individual expression. Like her, they are anything but static.

       

      Starting with the interiors of a student hotel that her husband and business partner, Tim, bought in the 1980s (the recently reacquired Dorset Square Hotel), Kemp has since outfitted an ever-expanding, ever-popular quiver of boutique hotels owned by their company, Firmdale. From Haymarket to Charlotte Street to Soho, Kemp’s hotels are fashionable buzzwords ingrained into the vernacular of the London media set and dearly-loved destinations among visitors to the British capital. A trend she translated beautifully across the pond with the opening of the Crosby Street in New York in 2010.

       

      A hotel’s design is a living thing, in a way, and you always have to look at options that are going to work better. With interiors, it’s transitory and subject to passion.

      KIT KEMP

      A hotel’s design is a living thing, in a way, and you always have to look at options that are going to work better. With interiors, it’s transitory and subject to passion.

      KIT KEMP

      Bold colors, contrasting fabrics and patterns, and one-off pieces bought at art fairs and galleries around the globe make up the mélange that has evolved into the Kit Kemp look. Whether there is a category or catchall phrase to sum up that look is something Kemp herself is deeply doubtful of. Suffice it to say, her aesthetic is constantly changing, influenced in equal parts by local characters, neighborhood histories and the indomitable, frivolous and multifaceted spirit of its originator.

       

      The latest gem in London, the Ham Yard in West End, is set to be the largest Firmdale project to date. Stamped with her eclectically British, individually designed rooms, the 90-room hotel will also feature a 176-seat theater, a spa, a four-lane vintage bowling alley, and a pedestrianized shopping area with 13 outlets curated by Kemp herself. The Ham Yard will not just be a hotel, but a destination in its own right.

      Vivacious and self-effacing, Kemp gives off the air of one who has changed little since her days working in the office of a Greek shipping company on Syros or delving into London’s wicked nightlife. That was before she met Tim and before she unleashed her considerable talent onto a notoriously fickle industry.

       

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