HOME AND AWAY
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.