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products profile kelly hoppen By Alissa Ponchione Photography courtesy of Kelly Hoppen 1. Hoppen's collection of hotel furniture for Gervasoni mixes unexpected materials and finishes for a comfortable and modern design. 2. Inspired by lotus flowers, Hoppen's Harmony bathware for Apaiser uses a layering technique to create different textures. 3. A collaboration with Richloom, Hoppen's range of textiles emphasize her signature neutral palette and textured patterns. 1 2 3 ENDURING VISION A four-decade career marches on Not everyone is lucky enough to know at an early age what they're inclined to do so innately, but Kelly Hoppen came into this world ready to create-or at least make her parents' home more functional. As a child, she was "always rearranging the furniture, trying to display everything at its best." Design, she says, "has always been a part of who I am." Born in South Africa, the London-based Hoppen started her own design business after taking on the redesign of a family friend's kitchen when she was 16. "I haven't stopped working since," she says, also pointing to her father's death at the same time when he was 48 as the catalyst that drove her to dive head first into design and "take charge of my own destiny." It's been four decades since she began, and Hoppen, who is self-taught, has honed her design and entrepreneurial skills-so much so that her 40-year career will be celebrated in an upcoming retrospective and exhibition. "I really want to show people what I've done and the hard work that has gone into getting where I am today," she explains. "Every time you design something you draw on the emotions, influences, and inspirations that you are feeling at that particular time, so it's incredibly moving to look back at all these moments." Evident in her ubiquitous collections that include bedding, furniture, and bathroom amenities, to name a few, as well as her residential interiors (she is currently designing two luxury flats in London for British entrepreneur Lord Sugar), she is unencumbered by the scope of her business. "All aspects of design fascinate me," she says, adding that her hospitality offerings have been conceived and crafted through her own market research. "I travel so much that I have stayed in my fair share of good and bad hotels." Her work reflects those lessons, offering simplicity, lightness, and "an uncluttered ambiance to help rebalance the body and soul." Sanctuary is the keyword for Hoppen, which she achieves by combining the "simple, exotic elegance of the East with luxurious comforts of the West." That translates into neutral palettes (she is often called the queen of taupe) with colorful accents and soft, textured patterns, most recently showcased in her bedding and textile collections for Richloom and a layered bathtub inspired by ceramic bowls and lotus flowers for Apaiser. In 2014, she took her business a step further by launching her own e-commerce store to help her designs reach a wider audience. "I tend to overflow with ideas," she says, but overall "I've always wanted people to feel a great sense of warmth from my designs, cocooned in comfort but in an elegant setting to enhance feelings of calm and relaxation." hd kelly hop; kel l yhoppeni nt eri August 2015 063

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - August 2015

Hospitality Design - August 2015
online TOC
from the editor
from the show director
trends 3d printing
interview helen jorgensen
5 questions for karim rashid
profile kelly hoppen
profile poesis design
profile 13&9
profile maria cornejo
profile design by them
profile ladies & gentlemen studio
profile emerging designers
trends collaborations
trends spanish influence
special feature custom solutions
airland hotel
press hotel
hotel henriette
newport marriott
industry kitchen
ad index
back space

Hospitality Design - August 2015