Andrew Martin - Folk Tales with Kit Kemp

One of the London Interior Show exhibitors, Andrew Martin, have collaborated with award winning designer and hotelier, Kit Kemp to showcase a brand new, truly unique collection at this year's show. Read the article below to find out about their joint collabortation.

A collaboration between two world-renowned interior designers is always an exciting moment. Presenting the Kit Kemp for Andrew Martin collection, a modern range of fabrics and wallpapers with one eye in the past and one in the future.


“Kit won the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award in 2008, so I have long been a fan of her work. Before she came along there was a formula for how hotels should be. She smashed that accepted norm.” So says Martin of Kit Kemp, celebrated interiors guru and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels. The pair have shared a strong working relationship – and friendship – for years, so a joint project was perhaps inevitable.


“I wanted to create something exquisite,” says Kit of the collection. Comprising of five wallpaper and six fabric designs in an array of painterly colourways, the creative process began when Kit stumbled upon tapestries from the 15th and 16th centuries. “It was fascinating to see these magical creatures hiding behind leaves and under hedgerows. That was the start of the idea, to give them new life in a contemporary world.” With the help of illustrator, Melissa White, this idea transformed into reality.

It is designed to encourage layering and contrast to create a room with the unfolding twists and turns of a story. “There always has to be a surprise in a room,” Martin recommends mixing these fabric and wallpaper designs to excite the eye, using the colours to coordinate where the patterns would otherwise clash.


And it is this play with contrast which is exactly what makes the collection so contemporary. The traditional palette of dusky, neutral tones is accented with flavours of bright orange, blue and yellow so these ancient motifs are instantly made modern and fresh. The designs are printed on natural fabrics such as twill, linen and chintz. “It’s fun bringing an old material like chintz right up to date,” Kit explains. The fearless subversion of tradition is an ethos Martin and Kit share. “Martin can really take something ordinary and make it extraordinary,” Kit says. “And Kit’s trademark is courage with colour,” adds Martin. “She’s the bravest of the brave.”

If you wish to find out more information about this new collection and joint collaboration, please click here.

Simon Blackley