Having started her business at the age of 16, Kelly Hoppen MBE has grown to become a globally renowned designer, entrepreneur and, more recently, a celebrity investor on the BBC's popular business show Dragons' Den.
Her celebrated design studio has created interiors for the homes of international high-profile clients and commercial clients including Rhodes W1 Restaurant in London and LUX* Belle Mare in Mauritius, as well as an ever-increasing line of products from furniture to bathroom fittings. Beyond the design studio, Kelly has published several books, collaborated with various brands, including Honda, Siemens and Hotpoint, presented her own TV Series on channel 5, and has also set up The Kelly Hoppen Design School, offering students to the opportunity to learn the skills of the trade.
As an independent 16-year-old with a relentless passion for design, Kelly Hoppen was given the opportunity to design a family friend's kitchen. This modest commission not only created a teenage entrepreneur, it kick-started one of the most celebrated and extraordinary careers in the design industry.
Kelly's ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtly co-ordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She 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. She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircrafts. One of her most recent projects is a collaboration with Pearl Motor Yachts.
With 37 years experience at the forefront of the industry, publishers and businesses continually seek Kelly's unparalleled expertise, allowing her to indulge her entrepreneurial instincts. Kelly is the author of seven design books to date and is currently working on her eighth book. Devoted to making her design ethos accessible to the masses, Kelly shares her extensive knowledge in her popular Kelly Hoppen Design School. She also fronted the Channel 5 Design Series, Superior Interiors, in 2011.
The Kelly Hoppen brand, keeping true to its core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance, has partnered with a select number of licensees to offer consumers a range of home products. This wider product collection consists of home accessories, furniture, lighting, fabrics, paints, wallpaper, wall art, candles, scents and clothes for the home, available worldwide. Kelly has a highly successful collection of bed linen and accessories available exclusively on QVC UK and is currently designing a hotel furniture collection launching later this year.
A dedicated supporter of good causes and the championing and nurturing of younger and older British entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Princes Trust and the Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise. Kelly is also a proud ambassador for the Government's GREAT campaign and works with UK Trade & Investment mentoring small and medium sized businesses.
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