Fash­ion­able De­sign kel­ly­hop­pen

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR HOT LIST -

Kelly Hop­pen is an in­sti­tu­tion in the de­sign world. Be­gin­ning almost 40 years ago when she de­signed a friend’s kitchen, the London-based in­te­rior de­signer has l e f t her mark on c e l e bri t y homes in­clud­ing that of the Beck­hams, Madonna, and ac­tor Si­enna Miller (also her step­daugh­ter), iconic ho­tels (LUX* Is­land Re­sorts in Mau­ri­tius) and restau­rants, air­crafts, yachts, and of­fices across the globe. Re­cently in In­dia to launch a lux­ury tower in New Cuffe Pa­rade, Mumbai, which she has de­signed for the Lodha Group, the award-win­ning de­signer chat­ted with Bazaar about her on­go­ing projects and ma­jor achiev­ments.

I love the vi­brant colours that dom­i­nate In­dian land­scapes and cul­ture. My as­so­ci­a­tion with Lodha Group has been a per­fect meet­ing of minds and de­sign vi­sion. It’s also my first visit to the coun­try—I’ve been wait­ing to come here a long time and I want to see ev­ery­thing that the coun­try has to of­fer. My sig­na­ture style i s neu­tral yet op­u­lent. I like to cre­ate el­e­gant spa­ces that are warm and func­tional. We are work­ing on about 40 projects across the world. My col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pearl Yachts holds a spe­cial place in my heart as I al­ways ad­mired their work.

I l oved run­ning my epony­mous de­sign school and be­ing able to pass on my knowl­edge. It’s my way of giv­ing back from all that I’ve achieved and learnt. I had to stop the classes due to lack of time but it led me to write my lat­est book De­sign Master­class.

As an en­tre­pre­neur, I think each day is chal­leng­ing but noth­ing is an ob­sta­cle. I’ve been de­sign­ing for 38 years and I have no real mem­ory of an ob­sta­cle.

My proud­est mo­ment so far has been re­ceiv­ing my MBE (Mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire) from Queen El­iz­a­beth in 2009 for ser­vices to in­te­rior de­sign. It’s amaz­ing to be recog­nised for do­ing some­thing that I love.

Self-belief is im­por­tant. To suc­ceed, you must have the tenac­ity to en­dure chal­lenges and be­lieve in what you are do­ing.

I deeply dis­agree when peo­ple say women can’t have ev­ery­thing. In fact, we can! We can give birth and have a fam­ily, and we can also have a ca­reer and run our own business.

I’d def­i­nitely like to be painted by Ju­lian Schn­abel. I re­ally ad­mire his works—his sur­face tex­tures are amaz­ing.

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