Kelly Hoppen is a world-renowned British designer who has pioneered a simple yet opulent style that has permeated interior design at every level. As well as designing apartments, houses and yachts for an ever-expanding international private client list, Kelly also undertakes commercial design projects including hotels, restaurants, office spaces and aircraft interiors.
Kelly’s ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. In fact, Kelly Hoppen recently revealed her interiors secrets and showed us her loft-style flat in southwest London.
The key to the plan was the combined kitchen, living and dining great room. Creating an additional, more formal dining area necessitated moving the bedrooms into the hallway on the opposite side of the main area, in line with the master bedroom. At the top of the new spiral staircase, Hoppen installed a dedicated chill-out area up in the eaves of the trussed ceiling.
The iconic was originally designed by Eero Aarnio in 1968.
Despite the current craze for colour in homes Kelly is resolute that neutrals remain the best basis for decor schemes.
“Trends come and go and are just a way of making people spend money unnecessarily, instead it’s far better to save for a special piece you really love, and add a bit of colour with accessories that can easily be changed.”
Hoppen anchored the living room’s main seating area under the soaring ceiling gables with suede-covered sofas and a coffee table of her own design.
In the main dining room, the tropical flor morado-wood table from Hoppen’s Century line, as are deco-inspired white leather dining chairs and the classic English wing chairs. Lighting includes custom-size fringed pendant fixture and an oversize lamp.
In the eat-in kitchen, white leather armchairs and a circular wenge-finish table create a casual dining corner.
Chain-mail-and-cotton blinds replace conventional window treatments.
For the bedroom, she chose a soft, plush carpet that provides warmth underfoot, while blending with the earthy taupe color scheme. Carefully coordinated, even the soft gray coats complement the sumptuous silky tactile texture of velvet bed throws and suede-covered chairs, which she brought from her previous home.
The 60-foot-long northwest-facing roof terrace is a new addition to the building, which dates from 1860. “I sometimes forget that I have it,” says Hoppen, “because I’ve never had an outdoor space. You feel like Sex and the City up there, it’s that extraordinary.” Air-dried oak decking and gray-stained iroko furniture create a sun-bleached, Hamptons feel.
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