Q&A: Hoppen

The renowned British designer has pioneered a simple but opulent style that has permeated interior design at every level. Hoppen leads a celebrated interior design studio, which has completed international schemes for residential interiors, yachts, ski chalets, a hotel and numerous corporate spaces, private jets as well as the interiors for British Airway’s first class cabins. Hoppen’s calm, elegant aesthetic has allowed her to achieve a firmly established reputation as a leading innovator in the international design scene.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  November 20, 2006

|~|hoppennew-body1.gif|~||~|The renowned British designer has pioneered a simple but opulent style that has permeated interior design at every level. Hoppen leads a celebrated interior design studio, which has completed international schemes for residential interiors, yachts, ski chalets, a hotel and numerous corporate spaces, private jets as well as the interiors for British Airway’s first class cabins. Hoppen’s calm, elegant aesthetic has allowed her to achieve a firmly established reputation as a leading innovator in the international design scene.

CID: What are the highlights of your commercial commissions?
My most popular commercial commission is probably the first class cabin for British Airways. I also used to do the Cartier Polo Marquee at Windsor for several years and last year completed an amazing golf club at Royal Mougins in France. At the moment I am also working on a restaurant for Gary Rhodes and a four star hotel in Barcelona. In addition to that we also do the interior design for a lot of executive offices.

CID: Can you describe the Kelly Hoppen design style?
The classic Kelly Hoppen style is known for its use of straight lines and symmetrical layouts, strongly influenced by the East meets West philosophy. It is also renowned for the use of my favourite neutral colour palette and my love for mixing different textures together.
My more recent style has a lot more twists to it using very eclectic combinations and incorporating a lot more vintage and round female shapes. It is in fact very Ying & Yang, combining straight and round lines. I also love introducing splashes of colour, whilst still keeping the feel of the space very pure in its core.

||**|||~|hoppennewbody2.gif|~||~|CID: What are the key features of the contemporary UK design scene?
In my view the main feature is the diversity in cultural influences that we have in the UK, which is very much reflected in the design scene. In addition Great Britain has an excellent heritage. Designers get their inspiration from everywhere around the globe and there are no rules on how to implement it in their work. Individual style and design has become a lot more important than a mainstream design direction.

CID: How do you think British designers are influencing the international design scene?
I think everyone looks to Britain for innovative design, which is creating new trends and directions all the time. Diversity again is one of the main bonus features of the British design scene, as it does not force a particular style on to anyone and can inspire designers in many different ways

CID: How are UK designers impacting the Middle East specifically?
The Middle East has a very fast growing design culture that currently looks to the West for inspiration. It has really been turned around over the last couple of years. Anything from the European design scene will add a whole different dimension to the current scene in the Gulf which is why it is such an exiting area to watch at the moment.
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CID: Why should local firms in the GCC select UK designers for their projects?
I think UK designers have been so influenced by different cultural aspects, that it enables them to adapt to any particular region and add to it easily, whilst implementing their own style and design philosophy.

CID: How do you see the future for British design in this region?
It will be amazing to watch the development of the design industry in the GCC over the next couple of years.
The region has only just started building its image and its design landscape will be transformed along the way. I think British Design will certainly stay impactful, due to its innovative and fast moving nature. ||**||

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