Last week we introduced you to Ashley Hicks, who, while being at the top of British design, isn’t the only one working at the top of their game:
Having grown up in North Yorkshire, Ben Kelly is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most successful interior designers. He was described by Kingston University in London as “one of the UK’s most influential interiors designers”, and has worked on some incredibly high-profile projects, such as redesigning a practice room for The Sex Pistols and the colourful entrance to Gymbox in London. But how has Kelly kept ahead of the game and made sure his company – Ben Kelly Design – is always doing something different?
After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1974, Kelly established the design company three years later. The brand prides itself on being multidisciplinary and has a list of clients in sectors such as retail, leisure, museum, gallery, and office space. The group ensures that when working on a project the building’s essence is always retained, whilst bringing their vibrant, unique style along for the ride. An example of this can be seen in the Manchester Museum, whereby the period features have all been retained and Ben Kelly Design has given new life to the space with vibrant colours and quirky, productive features.
Because the brief from many of BKD’s clients is to create a space which will get feet through the door and remain interesting once the visitors are inside (The Museum of London and The Science Museum for example), it’s necessary for the group to identify what colours, fonts, artwork, furniture, and lighting will be most positively received. However, because each building’s audience is different, it’s necessary for BKD to adapt to each one and provide what they believe to be appealing designs.
Recently, Ben Kelly was appointed Professor of Interior Design at Kingston University. His extensive knowledge and seemingly unending experience makes him the ideal teacher to impart wisdom onto the next generation of aspiring designers.
For more information about Ben Kelly and the design company itself, visit their website: