Unlike some hotels where the interiors are wholly unmemorable,
the sensory blast at Firmdale hotels can't go unnoticed.
The colour, warmth and textiles have more layers than The
Princess and The Pea's bed. And there's no generic design or
'that'll do' attitude, with many of the wallpapers, fabrics, rugs,
furniture and artwork individually crafted for a specific space.
The reason for this imaginative design and hawk-eye detail is
creative director Kit Kemp, who with her husband Tim owns the hotel
group, (which includes Charlotte Street Hotel, Ham Yard Hotel and
Crosby Street Hotel in New York).
And for those who yearn for a slice of Kemp's colour and
creativity in their own lives, now's your chance. For this week Kit
launched a collaboration with high street shop Anthropologie, called
Folkthread; a sensibly priced range of home furnishings including
oak side tables, collage upholstered armchairs, pretty dining
chairs and fair isle rugs.
"Anthropologie and I love folk art and handmade crafts," says
Kit, "This includes embroidery, collage and beautiful materials
that last and feel good. I have taken a few of my favorite designs
and have adapted them especially for Anthropologie. Interiors
should be fun so let's enjoy the colour." Thanks colourful Kit, we
darn well will.