The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

KIT and Tim Kemp are the cre­ative force be­hind seven lux­ury Lon­don prop­er­ties (their lat­est, Dorset Square Ho­tel, opened op­po­site the orig­i­nal site of Lord’s Cricket Ground in Lon­don’s Maryle­bone in June). Crosby Street Ho­tel, in New York’s edgy SoHo, is the first of sev­eral prop­er­ties planned for the Big Ap­ple un­der the Fir­m­dale Ho­tels ban­ner. Crosby Street’s lobby, with its 3m-high steel sculp­ture of a hu­man head cre­ated from let­ters of the al­pha­bet and set of wacky dog sculp­tures, is a sign of the quirk­i­ness to come. In the ground-floor bar there’s an art in­stal­la­tion of vin­tage Bakelite tele­phones and a gi­ant dodo sculp­ture; a kitchen gar­den (and chook pen) sit on the prop­erty’s roof; and there’s even a cosy pri­vate cinema fea­tur­ing bright orange leather chairs and walls in vi­brant vi­o­let. British per­fumer Lyn Har­ris (of Miller Har­ris) has pro­duced a be­spoke toi­letries line for the 86 gue­strooms and suites, which range across 11 floors. If you can drag your­self away from your supremely stylish home away from home, there’s ex­cel­lent shop­ping at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art de­sign store just across the street, or pop in for lunch at neigh­bour­hood favourite The Dutch, a few blocks away on the cor­ner of Prince and Sul­li­van streets. More: fir­m­dale­ho­tels.com.

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