With over 40 years of experience at the forefront of the design industry, Kelly Hoppen is one of the most celebrated and sought-after interior designers in the world. A dedicated supporter of numerous good causes, and the championing and nurturing of young entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
In this episode Kelly opens up about mentorship, overcoming challenges, expectations and fulfilling her most important role - being a grandmother.
At 16 ½ years-old, Kelly 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.
In recent years, Kelly’s career has expanded into TV and film, as she appeared in a cameo role in the Absolutely Fabulousmovie 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 has since appeared in BBC Two’s The Great Interior Design Challenge as a judge on the show.
MINDED is an outlet for people who want to learn from industry and creative leaders that have an innate drive for excellence. Our guests set themselves apart by challenging the norm and pushing ideas forward. In a never-ending pursuit to succeed, we thrive to have an in-depth conversation about life, business and the world we live in. Hosted by Yuri Xavier.