Friday Fave: Kit Kemp for Wedgwood

Kit Kemp for WedgewoodAbove left: Kit Kemp’s Mythical Creatures pattern for Wedgwood.
Above right: Kit Kemp-designed Number Sixteen Hotel in London.

In case you don’t know this about me, I’m obsessed with fine china–plates, demitasse cups, tea cups, saucers, teapots, etc. My love of pretty painted place settings comes from my mom, who always had to buy Ginori plates every time we traveled to Italy on vacation when I was a kid.

Know what else I’m obsessed with? Firmdale hotels. Yes, all of them. Although the Number Sixteen in London’s South Kensington neighborhood is my absolute favorite out of all of them. My sister lives in London and I’ve stayed there a few times while visiting her. Like the interiors at the other Firmdale hotels, the Number Sixteen’s rooms are characterized by fresh English style with a modern twist. Each one is decorated with a wonderfully unexpected mix of patterns and textures–florals and stripes, velvet and distressed wood, wallpaper and marble. The hotels are all designed by Kit Kemp, the Brit who owns the Firmdale hotel group with her husband, Tim. Every property is conceived with her flawless aesthetic but each one has a distinguishable feel from the rest.

I’ve always wanted to live in a Kit Kemp designed home, but since I can’t afford to live at the Crosby Street Hotel for the rest of my life, I’m going to have to settle for the next best thing: buying her fine china collection by Wedgwood. Called the Mythical Creatures pattern, Kemp’s china is rimmed with gold and decorated with bright pink, blue, green, and yellow birds and land animals of whimsical species.

Why not pour yourself a spot of English Breakfast from a beautifully designed teapot?

From $35, at


Joie de Vivre

Moncler Store in Shanghai.
Moncler boutique in Shanghai.

In a blaze of artistry and innovation, home and fashion trade shows unite twice each year at Maison & Objet in Paris. Opening this Thursday and running through the weekend, the design fair will feature work by eco-friendly architect Edouard François, creative duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier (who designed the Moncler store in Shanghai in 2009, above), and minimalist designers, and brothers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, among others.

September 9 – 13;

New Stripes for Missoni

Missoni for Target is launching its 400-piece collection of clothing, accessories, and decorative homewares on September 13. Fortunately for me, New Yorkers can sneak a peek at the goods a few days early! A Missoni for Target pop-up shop will open at 1095 Sixth Avenue, on the corner of 42nd street, at 6 p.m. on September 8 – just in time for Fashion’s Night Out. The shop will remain open on Friday and Saturday. Expect to find etched glassware, colorful tea-cups, graphic scarves… and long lines.