As this year comes to an end we would like to share with you our 2023 Wrapped Up: a combination of your favourite posts and our proudest achievements!
One of your most loved blogs this year was ‘Where We Find Inspiration’. Where we delved into the diverse avenues that fuel our creative design process. From the joy of collecting, to the art of collaging and painting, our exploration highlighted the richness of inspiration, often drawn from the beauty of nature.
February’s focus was on artists Tess Newall and Molly Mahon who we got to know better through our ‘Meet the Maker’ blog posts. These glimpses into their artistic journeys revealed the magic behind their craft. We’re fortunate to host workshops with such talents in our hotels, providing an ideal platform for creative expression. Looking ahead, The Whitby Hotel in New York is set to host an Interiors in Watercolour Workshop with SJ Axelby and a Stitching Workshop with Eppie Thompson, promising fun experiences for art enthusiasts.
April marked the exciting start of our collaboration with Spode, offering a diverse collection from decorated tableware to elegant glassware, including the Doodles collection designed by Willow Kemp.
May commemorated the King’s Coronation. This inspired us to craft limited edition bespoke cushions with imaginative applique designs in our studio.
June brought a burst of colour with the refreshing refurbishment of Residence 24 at Ham Yard Hotel, showcasing vibrant orange and popping pinks.
July was all about enchantment with the launch of 14 new mural wallpapers in collaboration with Andrew Martin, drawing inspiration from folk tales, mediaeval illumination and chinoiserie landscapes.
October brought joy as Minnie Kemp collaborated with Mind the Gap, creating a collection that celebrates heritage, roots, storytelling and adventure through glorious colour and mischievous fun.
By November, the design team were in full swing with the installation of our new hotel in New York, Warren Street, set to open in early 2024!
Also in November, Kit shared her five favourite books written by female authors that have all impacted her life and career. This was for the Bookshelfie Podcast for The Women’s Prize for Fiction.
“After a great deal of thought, I realised the books chosen were all related to people who craft or weave or just love colour. One of the chosen books ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ by Tracy Chevalier is about the creation of tapestries by Nicolas des Innocents for an up and coming French nobleman in 1490. It conjures up how it would feel to be living and working as a craftsperson and maker in Belgium and Paris. It outlines the skills required to complete this masterpiece and the colourful naughty characters who are woven into the tapestries themselves…” – Kit
Kit’s book choices also included, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, Wayward (Just Another Life to Live) by Vashti Bunyan, Restoration by Rose Tremain and The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair.
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December showcased our window installation at Bloomingdale’s, accompanied by an exclusive shopping experience with Kit and Willow Kemp. Willow also gave a live doodling demonstration.
As the year concludes, we look back on a journey filled with creativity, collaborations and design milestones. We have lots of exciting things coming in 2024, including the opening of Warren Street Hotel in New York, exciting new collaborations and the completion of our charity quilt with Fine Cell Work! Stay tuned for lots more to come.