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Celerie Kemble

A glamorous New York designer who loves classic style with a modern twist.

Celerie Kemble imparts a polished sophistication to her designs that is well beyond her years. Born in Palm Beach, Fla., the quick-witted New York designer imported the Sunshine State's joyful decorating slant to the gritty big city and beyond. Working on unique homes from Texas to Italy, Kemble teams with her mother, designer Mimi McMakin, who founded Kemble Interiors in the 1980s. She favours bold and soulful looks rife with texture and a sense of history. Her favourite book is A Fine Balance (1997 McClelland & Stewart) by Canadian author Rohinton Mistry, and she can't resist a chic match strike: "Due to weird laws, quick-light matches and the strikes are hard to find in New York." And she can't get enough of luxurious materials like lacquered parchment, brightly dyed shagreen and antique bamboo.

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