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Kelly Hop­pen’s Lon­don res­i­dence com­bines the doyenne of in­te­rior de­sign’s taste for lux­ury with her laid-back lifestyle.

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Kelly Hop­pen’s Lon­don res­i­dence com­bines the doyenne of in­te­rior de­sign’s taste for lux­ury with her laid-back lifestyle.

Kelly Hop­pen needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Her ca­reer in in­te­rior de­sign started at the age of 16, and 40 years on, she is one of the most cel­e­brated and sought af­ter in­te­rior de­sign­ers in the world. Her projects num­ber in the thou­sands and in­clude award­win­ning homes, yachts, pri­vate jets, ho­tels, restau­rants and of­fices. In 2009, she was con­ferred an MBE, a top Bri­tish hon­our, for her ex­cep­tional ser­vice to in­te­rior de­sign.

Her 9,000sqf home in Cen­tral Lon­don pays homage to her ta­lent and show­cases her sig­na­ture style that fuses East­ern sim­plic­ity with Western lux­ury. The neu­tral and calm colour pal­ette con­veys a time­less and un­der­stated el­e­gance, and this is com­ple­mented by pops of colour, as well as an ar­ray of tex­tures that en­rich the space with a new di­men­sion.

Pre­vi­ously a Bon­ham auc­tion house, the prop­erty was an empty shell, which pre­sented a blank can­vas for Kelly to play with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures. The en­trance hall is fash­ioned af­ter the de­signer’s fa­mous grid, re­in­forced by the ver­ti­cal lines of a be­spoke Herve Langlais for Ga­lerie Ne­gro­pontes light that also em­pha­sises the height of the ceil­ing, large ver­ti­cal shut­ters and rec­tan­gu­lar lines in the mar­ble floor.

The liv­ing area re­flects Kelly’s love for host­ing. Wooden pan­els were clad over the ex­ist­ing col­umns and con­tinue on the un­der­side of beams to cre­ate a fram­ing grid ef­fect that adds mon­u­men­tal­ity to the space. Due to the vast­ness of the open-plan in­te­rior, bal­ance was key to its de­sign. Kelly achieved this by de­lib­er­ately low­er­ing the be­spoke pen­dant lights above the seat­ing area. The glass bub­bles ap­pear to be float­ing, bal­anc­ing the com­po­si­tion with their ephemeral qual­ity and main­tain­ing the vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity with their trans­parency.

The mas­ter bed­room is lo­cated up­stairs and over­looks the ex­pan­sive liv­ing space be­low. A rec­tan­gu­lar por­tal frame sim­i­lar to the ones in the liv­ing room arches di­rectly over the bed. While those in the liv­ing area com­ple­ment its lofti­ness, here, in the bed­room, the ef­fect of the low­ered ceil­ing mit­i­gates the scale and cre­ates a no­tional de­lin­eation of the sleep­ing area that im­bues it with the calm­ing feel of a re­as­sur­ing em­brace.

Adding sym­me­try to the room are bed­side lamps from Ochre against a back­drop of ribbed pan­els flank­ing ei­ther side of the bed.

The mas­ter bath was con­ceived to arouse a co­coon­ing sen­sa­tion con­veyed through the dia­logue be­tween the free-stand­ing bath that Kelly de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aus­tralian bath­ware de­signer Apaiser, and the Ni­amh Barry loop chan­de­lier sus­pended di­rectly above the tub. El­e­vated on a mar­ble plat­form with con­cealed floor light­ing, the con­tem­pla­tive ef­fect of the space is height­ened to evoke a med­i­ta­tive light­ness.

Kelly’s walk-in wardrobe is a gi­ant trea­sure trove of clothes and shoes. The spa­cious dress­ing room is dec­o­rated with large, sen­sual black-and-white pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing one of Kelly her­self by David Bai­ley. Her favourite pieces in this room are the stun­ning pen­dant lamps and the al­most ceil­ing-height triple-sided mir­ror.

This abode is a dream come true for her. “My new home is very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of me and where I am at this stage of my life. I was look­ing for some­thing big and light and lux­u­ri­ous, and this space en­com­passes all of those things,” she says.

Bold stripes jux­ta­posed against an ocean of light and neu­tral tones add im­pact to the en­trance foyer. (OP­PO­SITE) TOP The wide and open feel of the liv­ing room evokes a grand yet com­fort­able at­mos­phere. BOT­TOM Renowned English de­signer Kelly Hop­pen’s home is a tes­ta­ment to her eye for style.

OP­PO­SITE Or­gan­i­cally shaped light bulbs add an­other layer of mys­tique over the pen­dant lights.

BE­LOW In­stead of chan­de­liers, two bars filled with down­lights help to cast an at­mo­spheric glow onto the din­ing ta­ble be­low.

RIGHT Wide mar­ble steps lead down to­wards the for­mal liv­ing area.

BE­LOW In the bed­room, long stripes run­ning down both sides of the bed help to draw the eye up to­wards the high ceil­ing, creat­ing the look of a spa­cious room. OP­PO­SITE The co­coon-like tub is one of Kelly’s many cre­ations.

LEFT In line with Kelly’s iconic de­sign phi­los­o­phy, the bold ac­cents are soft­ened with traces of flow­ers, plants and el­e­gant or­na­ments.

BE­LOW Swivel pan­els act as a par­ti­tion be­tween the liv­ing and pri­vate spa­ces. OP­PO­SITE A neat and well-kept walk-in wardrobe presents Kelly’s flaw­less taste in clothes.

LEFT Tufted and over­sized arm­chairs add to the plush and luxe feel of the dress­ing area.

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