It was her relentless passion for design, at 16 ½ years-old, which kick started her iconic career. Her first commission, to design a family friend’s kitchen, has led to multiple awards and numerous publishers and businesses continuously seeking her unparalleled expertise.
Kelly’s globally renowned and ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtle coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She has put her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients all over the world and now focuses on commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants, offices, and tower blocks. With thousands of projects spanning the last four decades, Kelly’s portfolio boasts a diverse selection of projects. She has launched anything from one of the most sought after and exclusive addresses in China on Shenzhen Bay to the most impressive cruise ship to date with Celebrity Cruises Edge Class; helping to redefine travel.
To celebrate her extraordinary career, Kelly released her tenth book, House of Hoppen – a 40 year retrospective, in October 2016 and a collection of over 100 pieces of furniture with Resource Décor which is available in numerous retailers worldwide
Kelly is honoured to be the recipient of copious design awards and the proudest point in her career to date came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to interior design. Recognised for the passion of inspiring women in business, she has also just been honoured with WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) Inspirational Award.
In recent years, Kelly’s career has expanded into TV and film, as she appeared in a cameo role in the new Absolutely Fabulous movie alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. In 2013, she became an investor on BBC Two’s hit show Dragon’s Den, where she invested in several businesses and this year appeared in BBC Two’s The Great Interior Design Challenge as a judge on the show.
Kelly is extremely passionate about making her design ethos accessible to the masses and in 2014, she launched e-commerce store kellyhoppen.com. The hugely popular affordable luxury store features a range of self-designed home products including accessories, bed linen, cushions, candles, furniture, towels, robes and lights, all carrying Kelly’s iconic style. She also has a range of jewellery and home products on QVC.
The Kelly Hoppen brand, keeping true to its core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance, has collaborated with several selected brands and partnered with a select number of licensees. The most recent of launches include an exclusive collection of fireplaces with Chesney’s and an upmarket carpet collection with commercial giants, Brintons. The wider licensed product collection consists of commercial fabrics, paints, wallpaper, taps and baths. Kelly has also collaborated with a number of diverse brands including Samsung, Ryvita, L’Occitane, Polypipe, Hotpoint, Wedgwood, Charbonnel et Walker Chocolates and many more.
A dedicated supporter of good causes and the championing and nurturing of young entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and sits on their committee. She is also a proud ambassador for the Government’s GREAT campaign, avid campaigner for anti-bullying, supporter of the Diana Award and a connector for BAFTA.
Kelly recently collaborated with Tess Daly to launch their limited edition TRUST candle, in aid of the Prince’s Trust, and is now also an ambassador for Cool Earth, working alongside charity patron Dame Vivienne Westwood to help stop rainforest destruction and halt climate change.