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Kelly Hoppen opens the doors of her London house and explains how she designed it

Award-winning British designer welcomes us inside her 800-square-metre house with a timeless elegance


La designer Kelly Hoppen ci apre le porte della sua nuova casa: una villa a Londra di oltre 830 metri quadrati, tra opere d'arte, pezzi vintage e arredi su misura. 

It took one year and three months to finish designer Kelly Hoppen’s 830-square-metre private house. The huge mansion has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a walk-in wardrobe, a studio, a gym, a laundry, a greenhouse, a wide living room, a dining room with an opened-ceiling kitchen area, a breakfast area and an underground parking.

She designed it, of course, using her personal neutral nuances palette with white, beige, grey, touches of green, dusty pink, pale blue, orange, bronze, nickel and rose gold. 

In the picture: an overview of the living and dining rooms, with a long marble table dominating the space together with lights and tailor-made armchairs and sofas. Everything plays around grey, cream and white, with black contrasts on the finishes, objects and suspended lights.

As soon as you enter the house, you will feel the love she put into it and you will notice the different elements that express her imagination. To better understand her creative choices, we met with her and listened to her backstage stories, ideas and inspirations behind this project.

The first, spontaneous question is: which style did you want to give to your home?

My design philosophy has always been to create a timeless elegance, combining eastern simplicity principles with western taste through luxury finishes and textures. I always start with a neutral base and then I just take it from there. In this case, I began from the main structures, the panels and the stairs in the central space. As if it was a colour palette.

In the picture: from the living room you can access the TV room, separated by sliding panels

What inspired you?

When I started this project, the space looked like an old warehouse. It was literally full of ruins but I knew it was going to turn into something truly special. The space is huge and incredibly bright: this is something quite rare in London. The initial technical issues later became inspirations. For example, the enormous load-bearing columns in the middle. As I could not get rid of them, I tried to embrace them with four arches that now make the ceiling look higher and more majestic. To balance them, we then lowered the lights over the living room. This is what I call balance. 

In the picture: the studio, where the protagonists are the big zebra carpet and Le Corbusier’s chair.

The house is decorated with some tailor-made furniture by you and other vintage pieces…

Yes. Throughout the years, travelling, I collected incredible pieces which I tried to combine with tailor-made furniture and to integrate with my personal art collection. In the hall, for instance, there are two photographs, one of Marilyn Monroe by Gene Korman and the other of Mohamed Ali by Flip Schulke. 

In the picture: the walk-in wardrobe next to Kelly Hoppen’s bedroom. On the walls, there are a series of portraits of the designer and a special shot by the famous David Bailey.  

Which are the pieces that you designed?

Actually, the majority you see in the house. For example, the suspended light over the dining table; its manufacturing process lasted more than six months. I wanted it to be perfectly aligned with the 6-metre-long stone table below it. I also designed the bubble-shaped suspended lights in the living room, which look like they are floating and help establish a balance with the main space. Then the sofas and the armchairs in the living room. I wanted to create the right balance between natural elements and modern design.

In the picture: Kelly Hoppen’s bedroom, entirely custom-made.

What atmosphere were you trying to create?

I wanted an elegant, luxurious and also relaxed space. I love ‘lived’ homes and I wanted mine to fully reflect my style. I adore big chairs in the TV room and I can see myself spending hours in there watching old movies. To me, my home is the place where body and soul are perfectly balanced and it’s essential to feel cosy. 

In the picture: the main bathroom with a big bathtub positioned on a square marble structure

Do you think these spaces will change or will they always have the same atmosphere?

I love to experiment with my style around the house and I like the idea of changing everything every couple of years. I am sure my home will evolve together with me throughout the years. 


In the picture: the main entrance. Here, a long set of stairs leads to the upper floor. Right next to it, you can see the load-bearing columns. Underneath the stairs, the designer decided to put some plants with big black vases that create an interesting contrast with the light nuance of the wood and the white walls.


by Valentina Mariani / 18 October 2017


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