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Walls and all: Testing the very fabric of the imagination


Walls and all: Testing the very fabric of the imagination

Martin Waller and Kit Kemp bring you a dreamy collaboration that fuses folk tales and mythology

Mila Crewe-Brown

When friends Martin Waller of Andrew Martin and Kit Kemp joined forces for Andrew Martin’s latest range of fabrics, they created a collection that sends the viewer on a magical journey.
Kit Kemp is best known for a layered, generous interior style that’s never short of colour and pattern. She has built an empire that includes furniture, textiles, products, accessories and interiors, not to mention a string of hotels and restaurants owned under her and her husband’s Firmdale Hotel Group.
For her latest offering with Andrew Martin, the Kit Kemp Collection includes six fabrics and five wallpapers with a folksy, magical undercurrent. “We wanted a hand-drawn, crafted collection bringing our love of the artisan and mythical creatures together,” says Kemp of the union, which adapts the past with new designs, fresh colours and an imaginative spirit.
From the US folk art-inspired Travellers Tales and the medieval tapestry-inspired Friendly Folk to the mythical stories of Hedgerow and Great Plains, with its feathered hunters and packs of dogs, the collection is colourful, whimsical and enchanting.
Muted, aged tones play out on classic natural fabrics such as chintz, linen and cotton twill. The addition of applique and embroidery brings a layer of authenticity and handwoven detail to the fabric collection.
Our favourite is the Mythical Land wallpaper, which looks like an ancient mural and tells a story of trees bearing giant pears, enormous snails, imaginary spotted creatures and a river that plays out a wondrous scene of fish and birds. It’s a hybrid of realism and fable reminiscent of US folk art and has been produced with a staggering 3m repeat pattern. It’s no surprise that the wall panels feature in the dining room of Kemp’s Whitby Hotel in New York.
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