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 and the Kit Kemp Design Studio but also as a successful textiles, fragrance and homewares designer, author and a highly-respected champion of British art, craft and sculpture.
The Kit Kemp Design Studio is celebrated for its individual and original approach to hotel and residential design, with colourful and detailed storytelling which celebrates craft and captures the imagination. She has won many awards for her designs including Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year, 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, Fine Cell Work, Porta Romana and Annie Selke creating collections including tableware, fragrance, furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, rugs and lighting.
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 book, Design Thread, was published on 21st February 2019. Kit’s latest book Design Secrets was published in May 2021.
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. Spring 2019 saw Kit launch an exclusive collaboration with New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. The Loft on the seventh floor was transformed into The World of Kit Kemp with her collections of furniture, fabrics, fragrance and home accessories being brought together for the first time.
Kit Kemp is a Trustee of Fine Cell Work and the Heritage of London Trust.