Kit Kemp Brings Her Kaleidoscopic World of Color to Bergdorf Goodman

Sam Cochran

Kit Kemp knows the power of a bold gesture. As the co-owner and creative director of Firmdale Hotels, she has conceived rooms so alive with color and pattern that people can’t help but smile upon entering one. “There has to be a balance, but there have to be surprises,” she says of her signature look, which guests at beloved haunts like the Whitby in New York or Ham Yard in London have long wished they could stuff in their suitcases. From April until August, Kemp’s fans will be able to get it all to go at Bergdorf Goodman, where she is transforming a portion of the seventh-floor home department into her own vibrant wonderland. Layered throughout an imagined drawing room, dining room, and bedroom will be her beloved collections (fabrics for Christopher Farr, tableware for Wedgwood), as well as one-off treasures like hand-embroidered sofas and headboards collaged in vintage kimonos. “We have the chance to put together all these things that I’ve been doing organically,” reflects Kemp of the mix, which also includes an array of lighting, upholstered seating, and much, much more. The results promise to be, like Kemp, that perfect combination of wit and sophistication. bergdorfgoodman.com

Top row (L-R): Sailor's farewell table linens; Wedgwood mythical creatures china. Bottom row (L-R): Side chair; A floor lamp from her Bergdorf Goodman pop-up; Over The Moon fabric for Andrew Martin; Psycho Sprig fabric for Andrew Martin.
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