Front and Center with Celerie Kemble
We are thrilled to bring you a one on one with the amazingly talented Celerie Kemble, of Kemble Interiors. The acclaimed interior designer is bringing fresh a perspective to her new wallcovering collection exclusively for Schumacher. Celerie filled us in on the inspiration behind her new collection, her thoughts on design trends and what she is looking forward to in the near future.
For inspiration in this new line, ” I looked to my favorite things – feathers, flowers, geometrics, and critters — it seems like something everyone says but then again, they are still the core of what I find beautiful but never dull. ”
F&C: What are some of your favorite current trends in design?
CK: I’m especially appreciating the return to florals – the old english shabby country house with multiple version in one room, the ethic of natural materials – sisal, grasscloth, leather, linens, and marble, and a resurgence in respect for comfortable furniture.
F&C: If you could bring back certain design elements/trends/design processes from the past… What would they be?
CK: Warm tones from the metals — coppers, brass, and bronze and I’d like to see more of the cool and reflective from other materials that these days seem to be hard to find expertly crafted — eglomise, enamel, and thick lucite.
F&C: Where did you find your inspiration for your wallcovering collection for Schumacher?
CK: The first inspiration came from a desire to contrast the spectacularly fine texture and luminosity of the grasscloth with bold, large scale prints and the matte-ness of the screen printed paint application. I also looked to my favorite things – feathers, flowers, geometrics, and critters — it seems like something everyone says but then again, they are still the core of what I find beautiful but never dull.
F&C: In your most recent book, Black & White (And A Bit In Between), you detail some of the reasons why this often overlooked palette is so versatile and inviting. What is your favorite color to use in a space, and why?
CK: I’m a glutton for green — it can be used as pop or pleasant neutral.
F&C: What’s next for you in 2013?
CK: I’m looking forward to ages 5, 7, and 3 for my little kids, some time alone with my husband, lots of work with hopefully nice clients, and the launch of my furniture and accessories lines with Henredon and Maitland Smith.