I have long admired the fabulous Kit Kemp and am now lucky enough to know her. I photographed her for a Harper’s Bazaar shoot at her home in London some years ago & then included Crosby Street Hotel as the must stay in The Stylist’s Guide to NYC. Kit Kemp is the genius behind Firmdale Hotels and their amazing interiors.
For my brief stop (less than 24 hours ) in London en route to the Milan Furniture Fair, I was guest at the gorgeous Haymarket Hotel.
In signature Kit style, the colours are bold & the fabrics are in print, surrounded by craft meets art, naïve, sculpture & contemporary art. She mixes the natural (driftwood, stones, faux bois, palm tree stumps), textiles of ikat, suzani, paisley, vintage & new furniture, incredible light fittings and overscaled & subtle art pieces both wallmounted & sculptural, with a sense of humour.
If you love interiors, she is at the forefront of fabrics, finishes, art & furniture. This is interior consideration, knowledge & comfort at its best. Thanks Kit & Craig!
N.B. Don’t miss the shooting gallery covered in De Gournay wallpaper mural or the underground indoor pool and surrounds.
On preparing for my last workshop, Styling vs Decorating, I picked up these glorious persimmons on the branch from Mr Cook, they begged to be photographed. We had just picked up these beautiful Australian cedar doors from auction – that do not as yet have a doorway – so are the backdrop for my e-shop pictures for now!
Two very happy things happened this morning. I visited 10 Corso Como and I saw Ilse Crawford. Although too shy (hard to believe) to introduce myself, she is one of the reasons I am the stylist I am today. I have every copy of Elle Decoration that she edited in the 90s. She was a huge influence on how I looked at design, products, photographs and other greats, like stylist/artist Sue Skeen, photographers, James Merrell & Martin Morel amongst many others. All these people continue to inspire & mould me as their greatness changes with the times.
As the fall settles in the southern hemisphere, it is time to pull out all the tactiles & the textures of the season: leathers, knits, cashmere, linen, quilts & the rest. For inspiration, here is a pic that did not appear in Nomad (I believe my brother may have missed this one). Don’t limit your bed layering to conventional options. Use skins & hides as a caveman would have.
I have always loved sleeping in linen sheets. I like how they crease & how they are not slippery like cotton sheets. I was once a white fan, but now discovering Bedouin Societe sheets I cannot decide which is my favourite: from coal black to nutmeg. The colours are just so good. The sheets are so soft, but hold their body, they crease oh-so perfectly and don’t even worry about tucking them in. I featured them at my last workshop, Styling vs Decorating held at The Bite Club, with great success and enthusiasm. We will be selling them at The Society inc. but in the meantime email: firstname.lastname@example.org for stockists.
It is time for some fresh new windows at The Society inc.! We love our window displays so much sometimes it’s too hard to part with them. So to ease the pain we’ve decided to have a sale of all the pieces in the window – & make way for the next magical worlds through the glass. These pieces I used to build sets for my next book, The Biography of a Bowerbird, out this October. This is your preview:
(If you want to buy anything before it gets snapped up – just call us on 9331 1592) x