In April, London designer, Kit Kemp, installed her collaboration in the loft space at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue in New York. Take a look at the end result and a few of my visit highlights—all available and on display through August.
A number of her amazing fabric designs have been translated into limited edition cushions, napkins, woven throws and bed spreads. She also has appliquéd and hand sewn vintage kimonos to create one-off pieces including her signature headboards and lovely cushions. Each headboard features a mythical creature that inhabits an enchanting landscape—the Unicorn, Mr. Gherkin and the Flying Antelope! She also designed comfortable sofas and armchairs, including the Willow Sofa and Leo Armchair, with handy details like little pockets for your newspapers or reading glasses—both are also available on Shop Kit Kemp.
Kit also curated a selection of one-of-a-kind artworks and found items, including painted plates, collages, and sculptures. In the dining room, you will see ‘The Last Summer’, a magical painting by one of Kit’s favorite artists, Ramiro Fernandez Saus. The naivety of his works captures dreamlike scenes, depicting summer memories from the Hamptons.
Hanging from the ceiling is a wonderfully kinetic ‘Calder-esque’ mobile sculpture. It is made up of elements in hand built stoneware ceramic and hand fused glass on a frame of painted steel. The idea behind this work is to inspire a sense of calm and playful entertainment as it gently twists and turns, interacting with the light in the space.
Afternoon tea in the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant is served on Sailor’s Farewell, Kit’s latest collection of fine bone china for Wedgewood. These dishes are some of my favorites in her collection. I loved having champagne and bites with family friends on the new collection at Kit Kemp’s Whitby Hotel—a highly recommended experience from all who joined us!