Working on international design commissions in parallel with her recent role as an investor on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den, Kelly Hoppen
wears many hats, and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to interior design. She remains true to her design ethos and her trademark soft neutrals. ‘My philosophy has always been to create timeless and under- stated elegance, and my palette will never change,’ she says.
Aged 16, Kelly was given the chance to design a family friend’s kitchen, and she hasn’t looked back. Four decades on, she has 40 people on her interior-design team. Following a recent restructure, clients
can choose between Kelly Hoppen Couture for a bespoke design, or the more accessible Studio Hoppen.
Kelly is working on more than 22 private residential projects, including commissions in Taiwan and Beijing. Among completed projects are Pearl 65, a luxury yacht; a 650-square-metre beach house in Barbados; and the Lodha Estrella development in Mumbai, a Kelly Hoppen for Yoo project. Her eighth book, Design Masterclass
(Jacqui Small, £40) was published in 2013, and she has launched a debut e-commerce store.
Which interior designer would you hire?
‘I would have to choose . He is such an amazing designer with huge integrity. His new work is very modern and different from mine, but in a way similar as he adores texture and form.’