With 40 years’ experience at the forefront of the design industry, Kelly Hoppen is one of the most celebrated and sought after interior designers in the world. It was her relentless passion for design, at 16 ½ years-old, which kick started her iconic career. Her first commission, to design a family friend’s kitchen, has led to multiple awards and numerous publishers and businesses continuously seeking her unparalleled expertise.
Kelly’s globally renowned and ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtle coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She has put her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients all over the world and now focuses on commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants, offices, and tower blocks. With thousands of projects spanning the last four decades, Kelly’s portfolio boasts a diverse selection of projects. She has launched anything from one of the most sought after and exclusive addresses in China on Shenzhen Bay to the most impressive cruise ship to date with Celebrity Cruises Edge Class; helping to redefine travel.
Kelly 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.
Nicky Haslam was born at Great Hundridge Manor, Buckinghamshire, England, third son of diplomat William Heywood Haslam, and Diana Ponsonby, grand-daughter of 7th Earl of Bessborough. Educated at Eton College, in 1961 he went to New York with photographer David Bailey and the model Jean Shrimpton. Here he worked on American Vogue with Diana Vreeland. At this time starred in Andy Warhol’s film Kiss. Throughout this period, he was decorating his own and friends’ apartments. Nicky Haslam returned to London in 1972, having been asked to decorate a townhouse for Lord Hesketh. This led to and the establishment of NH Design, of which diverse clients have included, Mr Rod Stewart, Sir Mick Jagger, Mr Ringo Starr, Mr & Mrs Konstantin Kagalovsky, Mr & Mrs Peter Aven and Miss Natalie Wood. He has also designed parties for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Evelyn & Lady de Rothschild, The National Gallery, Kensington Palace and The Royal Palace in Prague and restorations to listed Grade II stately homes.
Deputy editor, House & Home, Financial times
Shane Connolly was born in Northern Ireland and has had a lifelong interest in horticulture. His aesthetic is simple, natural and organic, with flowers being chosen thoughtfully for their individual, intrinsic qualities. He has long championed the use of seasonal, locally grown flowers, plants and foliage and has work has been heralded for its elegance and quirky originality. This has led to many prestigious commissions for an eclectic range of private and corporate clients at some the country’s most iconic venues.
Most notably, in 2005, he designed the flowers for the Marriage of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and then, in 2011, went on to be appointed Artistic Director for the Flowers at the Wedding of TRH’s the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Shane has been awarded two Royal Warrants of Appointment: to HRH the Prince of Wales, in 2006 and to HM The Queen in 2015.
Mr Connolly’s international work has taken him as far afield as USA, South Africa and India and he has also written several books: Table Flowers (1996); Shane Connolly’s Wedding Flowers (1998); The Language Of Flowers (2004); A Year in Flowers (2012) and Discovering the Meaning Of Flowers: Love Found, Love Lost, Love Restored (2017).
Robin Lane Fox
Nathan Brooker is a journalist for the House and Home section of FT Weekend. He specialises in writing about the London property market and the affordability crisis facing younger buyers.
Dr Jonathan Foyle is a regular contributor to FT House and Home on heritage and crafts. A presenter of numerous television programmes on architecture and history, and former Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain.