Tim and Kit Kemp, founders of Firmdale Hotels have now opened The Whitby, their second New York hotel.
Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street near 5th Avenue, The Whitby is just two blocks from Central Park and on the doorstep of some of New York’s leading restaurants, galleries and museums, including MoMA. It is surrounded by world-class department stores, luxury designer boutiques and Broadway is just a short walk away.
The Whitby Hotel is a celebration of contemporary art and design. There are 86 individually designed bedrooms and suites, each with floor to ceiling windows, many with a private terrace and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Interiors have been designed by Kit Kemp, acclaimed for her individual and unique way of arranging spaces with a colourful and carefree spirit. There is also The Whitby Bar and Restaurant, an Orangery, book-lined Drawing Room, private outdoor terrace as well as three beautifully designed private event rooms, a 130 seat state-of-the-art cinema and a fully equipped gym.
Reservations are now open.
18 W 56th Street
T: +1 212 586 5656
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to visit Susan Deliss’s Nothing Hill studio. Susan was another ‘Instagram discovery’ and I was looking forward to meeting her. Stepping into her lovely studio was like entering Aladdin’s Cave: old and new silk ikats, embroideries, kilims, velvets and linens…a feast for the eyes!
Deliss had always been passionate about textiles but it wasn’t until 5 years ago when she decided to set up her own company. Previously she used to work as a lawyer for an investment fund , and back then she would use any spare time on her trips (very often to the Middle East) to source fabrics for her ever growing collection.
She works with very skilled artisans that help her to translate her designs into reality. Susan’s attention to detail left me speechless: the colours, the texture,the pattern…she surely knows what she wants and the result of everything is simply impeccable.
Below I’m sharing some images of Susan’s home in rural France which was featured in House and Garden last summer. (Photography by Paul Massey)