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Turnell & Gigon ‘Pop-Up’ Caribbean Suite by Kit Kemp


We have created a pop-up ‘Caribbean Suite’ in Turnell & Gigon’s Chelsea Harbour showroom in time for Focus/18, part of the London Design Festival.

Working exclusively with fabrics represented by Turnell & Gigon, the room incorporates an open air sitting room and bedroom, plus an adjoining dressing room. The wonderful fabrics range hugely and I was particularly drawn to their cheerful prints, designed by the likes of Raoul, Schumacher and Clarence House. We have lined the sitting room walls with a fabric by Raoul, coloured specifically for the scheme, to give a new freshness to this design.

Offset against this backdrop are a selection of upholstered sofas, chairs and tables, many of which are my own designs.

Working with unusual colour and fabric combinations, upholstered pieces feature wonderfully quirky design details. Armchairs are edged with felt, using pinking shears, and brightly coloured leathers can be spotted on side chairs.

We also wanted to give a romantic mood to the space, designing a beautiful half-tester around the bed, using soft linens, contrasted with an over-scaled headboard, upholstered in an embroidered fabric.

The dressing room walls have been covered in a large scale Jean Munroe floral linen, incorporating a traditional dressing table; a nostalgic reminder of romantic dressing rooms, which often do not make their way into houses today.

A uniquely coloured pendant has also been designed by Margit Wittig, along with an eclectic mix of pieces from Chelsea Textiles, Richard Taylor Designs and Rock the Kasbar.

I’d like to thank both the team at Turnell and Gigon and all the suppliers who have helped to bring a little bit of the Caribbean over to London for a few months. I do hope some of you may have a moment to pop over and see the final result for yourselves!

Opening 17 September 2018, Turnell and Gigon Showroom, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre

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