Celerie Kemble’s childhood was in many ways a design tutorial spent around construction sites, antique stores, and in the unique homes designed by her mother and founder of Kemble Interiors, Mimi McMakin. A graduate of Harvard, Celerie worked briefly in film production before succumbing to what she calls a compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors that “put the person in the place.” Partnered with her mother in Palm Beach, Celerie established a design office in New York City and has spent the past fifteen years cultivating a portfolio of much publicized residential and commercial interiors that are as unique and diverse as her international cliente.
Celerie published her first monograph Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste in 2008 and most recently authored Black & White (And a Bit in Between), which was released on November 1, 2011. Celerie recently appeared in J.Crew's ‘Real Women’ ads and alongside industry leaders in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Experts’ campaign. She has also created to-the-trade fabrics with F. Schumacher as well as faux leather and technical surfaces with Valley Forge. A collection of floorcoverings with Merida Meridian will be introduced this spring, followed by the debut collection of wallcoverings for F. Schumacher & Co. in August 2012.
Treasure: Time alone with my kids or an extra 10 minutes of sleep
Quote: “Curiosity is the lust of the mind” – Thomas Hobbes
Escape: My bathtub
Vacation: A boat trip down the Irrawaddy River in Burma
Inspiration: A full night’s sleep
Movie: Antonia’s Line
Childhood Memory: Being naked… everywhere
Childhood Aspiration: To fly
Work of Art: The Pyramid of Giza
Song: “When I Grow Up (I Want to Be an Old Woman)” by Michelle Shocked
Designer (Past or Present): My mom
Misconception (about you): That I like going out
Guilty pleasure: Pleasure is not something I feel guilty about
Junk food: I don’t eat junk, but I love my carbs and my butter
De-Stress Mechanism: A cell phone dead zone
Cocktail: A spicy margarita
Party: I love parties with games or roller skates
Hangover remedy: Bar Pitti's Pappardelle alla Fiesolana
Crush: Titus Pullo from the HBO series Rome
TV show: Deadwood
Cartoon Character: Pig Pen
Restaurant: Prune in New York City
First Job: A tennis instructor
First Kiss: My friend Amanda
Pet Peeve: People who won’t share food
Gift to Give: Books or a magazine subscription to "The Week"
Hidden Talent: Forgetting the things that didn’t go my way
Style Icon: Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde
First Concert: The Police – The Synchronicity Tour
Word that makes you cringe: Beverage.. ick!