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Meet Kit Kemp

Over the years Kit Kemp MBE has been forging an internationally-acclaimed reputation, not only for her unique hotel interiors as Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels but also as a successful textiles, fragrance and homewares designer, author and a highly-respected champion of British art, craft and sculpture.

Kit and Tim Kemp, co-founders of Firmdale Hotels are the indisputable pioneers of luxury hotel design and service. They are innovative in their field, continually reshaping the hospitality industry and reinventing the hotel experience.

Kit Kemp is the creative force behind Firmdale Hotels. First opening Dorset Square Hotel in 1985, Firmdale has 10 properties, with eight hotels in London including Ham Yard Hotel, The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, Number Sixteen Hotel, Dorset Square Hotel and Knightsbridge Hotel, and two in New York, The Whitby Hotel and Crosby Street Hotel.

Kit and Tim are renowned for breathing new life into dilapidated areas, transforming overlooked properties such as warehouses and car parks into world-renowned successful, luxury hotels. They have broken new ground with new-builds as well, from concept to completion namely at The Soho Hotel and Ham Yard Hotel in London, as well as Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby Hotel in New York. Kit is celebrated for her individual and original approach to the way she transforms and arranges buildings, with a colourful and detailed storytelling in her design which is rarely seen in hotels. She has won many awards for her designs including House & Garden’s Hotel Designer of the Year, The Crown Estate’s Urban Business Award and CN Traveller’s Best Hotel in the World for Design.

Kit has collaborated with leading global design brands such as Wedgwood, Wilton Carpets, Andrew Martin, Anthropologie, Christopher Farr, Chelsea Textiles and Fine Cell Work, creating collections including tableware, fragrance, furniture, fabrics and wallpaper.

In 2012, Kit published her first book, A Living Space which follows an inspiring personal voyage through the many spaces she has designed. This was followed by a second book, Every Room Tells A Story. Her third and latest book, Design Thread, was published on 21st February 2019.

In 2017 Shop Kit Kemp was launched. This is an online store complete with a range of products ready to buy for the home created by Kit Kemp and her design team.

Kit Kemp is a Trustee of Fine Cell Work and the Heritage of London Trust.

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