Tex­tile fan­tasies

De­signer and hote­lier Kit Kemp’s cre­ative thread is wo­ven through her life.

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So hard to say – San­dra Blow, Joe Til­son [10]. But I can­not for­get artists from the Blooms­bury Group like Vanessa Bell [14] and Dun­can Grant.

Cor­nish artists such as Patrick Heron [3], Terry Frost [7] and San­dra Blow [1]. DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­THING? Ev­ery­thing – from din­ner plates (I have about 80 framed at The Whitby Ho­tel in New York [10]) to a col­lec­tion of bowl­ing shoes framed in per­spex at Ham Yard Ho­tel in Lon­don. FASH­ION MUST-HAVES? Thigh-high boots FAVOURITE WATCH? Cartier [6]. FRA­GRANCE OF CHOICE? ‘Gar­de­nia Green­leaf’ – it’s our own recipe for our RIKRAK bath prod­ucts col­lec­tion [15]. BOOKS – WHAT ARE YOU READ­ING NOW – BOTH FIC­TION AND ART/ DE­SIGN? I am read­ing Lit­tle by Ed­ward Carey [4], about the madeup life of Madame Tus­saud who made life-size wax­work fig­ures. I’m also read­ing an art book called Modern Art Now: From Con­cep­tion to Con­sump­tion by Caro­line Wise­man. MU­SIC – WHAT’S ON RO­TA­TION AT OF­FICE AND HOME? Jazz FM. FAVOURITE FLOW­ERS? It de­pends on the time of year. Right now, anemones in bright colours be­cause it’s win­ter here. Prim­roses, wild vi­o­lets and blue­bells in spring. In sum­mer, pe­onies and del­phini­ums, then au­tumn dahlias [13] and au­tumn berries. ARE YOU A COF­FEE OR TEA PER­SON? IF SO, ANY FAVOURITES? Builder’s tea and strong cof­fee. EN­TER­TAIN­ING – AT HOME – AND RESTAU­RANT OF CHOICE? At home, or one of our restau­rants, mainly Bru­mus [12] in Hay­mar­ket Ho­tel, and Brasserie Max in Covent Gar­den Ho­tel. PRE­FERRED TIP­PLE? White or red wine.

The Third Man [2] MAG­A­ZINES YOU READ REG­U­LARLY? The World of In­te­ri­ors, House & Gar­den, Coun­try Life, Homes & Gar­dens, Horse and Hound and any in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines. DOES YOUR LOVE OF FASH­ION AND DE­SIGN EX­TEND TO CARS? There is never enough chrome on new cars. I love the old ones best. TRAVEL – FAVOURITE REG­U­LAR HAUNT AND WHERE IS ON YOUR MUST-SEE LIST? Biar­ritz, Africa, Bar­ba­dos and In­dia [5] are favourite haunts. I would love to go to St Pe­ters­burg in the snow to see the bal­let. OB­JECTS OF DE­SIRE YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? A Lu­tyens house with a Jekyll-de­signed gar­den. An Olympic level dres­sage horse. A fully grown oak tree. A fab­u­lous chef. fir­m­dale­ho­tels.com. Kit Kemp: De­sign Thread (Hardie Grant) is re­viewed in Li­brary, p66.

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