Kelly Elaine Hoppen is an English interior designer, author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Kelly made astonishing career and is now one of the biggest names of interior design worldwide. The creations of a Jewish and Irish descent designer are not only focused on hospitality or residential projects, but cover also stunning yachts of private clients, as well as commercial projects all around the world, including restaurants, offices and an aircraft.
Kelly Hoppen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to London when she was 2. Art and Design were already in the interior designer’s blood as her father worked in the fashion industry and her mother has a gallery in London exhibiting artists and photographers from all around the world. Also her older brother is connected to art, being the owner of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Kelly’s passion for interior design started when she was 16 and had the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. During her career, she designed for a bunch of celebrities, including David and Victoria Beckham or Martin Shaw. Currently, with over 40 years of experience in interior design, Kelly Hoppen manages her own design studio in London (Studio Hoppen) and an eponymous decor and home accessories brand (Kelly Hoppen Interiors).
Beside being an admired interior designers, Kelly Hoppen is also a recognised TV personality. In 2011 she fronted Channel 5 Design Series, Superior Interiors and has appeared on various shows throughout her career including Good Morning Britain, 8 out of 10 cats, Saturday Kitchen, CNN Richard Quest, The Wright Stuff and Room 101. In 2013 Kelly became an investor on BBC Two’s hit Dragon’s Den entrepreneur show and has since invested and helped make a success of several businesses including Skinny Tan, Reviveaphone and Clean Heals, to name a few.
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Pssion for writing
To date, Hoppen is the author of eight books as the first one – “East meets West” – was the one who turn Kelly famous. Inspired by her travels throughout Asia and Europe, the interior designer presents a blend of East and West, regarding colour, fabric, texture and objets d’art in a board sweep of decorative influence that embraces Southeast Asia from China to Japan.
Later, in November 2013 Hoppen published another success called “Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass – How to Achieve the Home of your Dreams”. Another inspiring book with a lot of influences and decor advice. The book is a mirror of luxury and simplicity where Hoppe reveals her trade secrets and shares her expert knowledge to ensure that any decorating project, whether is big or small in scale, runs smoothly and achieves the look you want staying within the budget.
The Most Iconic Projects
Kelly Hoppen Haute Couture
Stunning Home, Beirut
The Loft London
Chalet at Switzerland
The Villa, Barbados
Ludha Estrela (Numbai)
Pearl Yacht 75, Luxury Yacht
The Lakes, by YOO
Back to 1996, when Kelly Hoppen was awarded the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award by Andrew Martin International.
In 2007, Hoppen won the European Woman of Achievement, Elle Decoration Award and Grazia Designer of The Year.
Later, in 2009 New Year Honours the interior design star was appointed a Member of the Order of the Britsh Empire.
Furthermore, Kelly is an amabassador fot he Prince’s Trust, the government’s GREAT campaign and now works with UK Trade & Investment as an adviser and mentor to small bisinesses.
In December 2013, Hoppen was awarded the Natwest Everywoman Ambassador award for inspiring more young women to excel.
From Dragon’s Den to Hollywood
In 2013, Kelly Hoppen became one of the redoubtable dragons on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den. After three series, Hoppen announced her departure from the show, had adding she had “thoroughly enjoyed” her time on the show.
“It has been a privilege to be part of a programme which champions entrepreneurs,” she said to BBC News.
The interior designer says that she is too busy to commit time to the filming schedule as she’s moving to LA. Kelly Hoppen has held meetings with various directors about organising the interiors on films and will hunt for a home in Hollywood.
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