Designing Outdoors with Celerie Kemble and Lela Rose

The New York Design Center kicked off Outdoor Month at 200 Lex on March 5, 2015 with Celerie Kemble and Lela Rose. The lively discussion on outdoor décor, entertaining, and fashion was moderated by Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful. Guests mingled in the Hickory Chair Pearson Henredon showroom, enjoying seasonal fare and browsing Kemble’s new outdoor furniture line with Lane Venture.

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Fashion designer LELA ROSE is widely recognized for her unique aesthetic of juxtaposing refined elegance with modern whimsy, through brilliant color, beautiful fabrication and handcrafted details. With her eponymous collection, Rose has established a fresh point of view in American fashion and continues to redefine a sophisticated, yet modern lifestyle.

Upon graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, Rose worked with esteemed designers, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. After honing her love of couture fabric and fanatic appreciation of detail, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to debut her signature Lela Rose collection in 1998. With a design philosophy rooted in hand-finished apparel that exudes elegant refinement and casual luxury, the collection continues to feature intricately designed, finely detailed separates, dresses, gowns and outerwear.

CELERIE KEMBLE is a principal in Kemble Interiors, a design firm founded in Palm Beach by her mother, Mimi McMakin. After graduating from Harvard, Celerie succumbed to what she calls a compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors that “put the person in the place”. Celerie established the New York office and has spent the past 15 years cultivating a portfolio of much publicized residential and commercial interiors, which includes projects in the New York area, Palm Beach, Texas, and the Dominican Republic.

Clarkson Potter published her first monograph Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste in 2008 to be followed by Black and White: And and Bit in Between in 2011. A tastemaker known for her approachable design advice, Celerie has been engaged in marketing campaigns for J Crew, Benjamin Moore, Johnson & Johnson, and Mattel for Barbie. She has created to-the-trade fabrics and wallcoverings with F. Schumacher, a collection of floor coverings with Merida Meridian, collections of case goods and upholstery with Henredon, as well as lighting and home accessories with Maitland-Smith. In 2014, she launched an outdoor furniture line with Laneventure. In 2015, she will be launching a line of curtain hardware with Classical Elements and a hand painted scenic wallpaper collaboration with Fromental.