March 26, 2015 / OLD news posts
Kit Kemp

‘A design classic is a piece that can hold its own in any setting or time. It can take on different guises depending upon its surroundings. My three favourite designs are Gubi’s “Bestlite” lamps (1) – we use them with porcelain shades to create a soft glow; Crittall windows (2), which look as good on a Manhattan skyscraper as they do in an English loft or a 1940s-style building in Paris; and a “Howard” club chair (3), which is capacious, comfortable and good in any setting’

Kit Kemp, co-founder and creative director, Firmdale Hotels (; @Firmdale_Hotels)

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