Kelly Hoppen has developed a highly distinctive signature style for her use of taupe, ivory and chocolate tones and her orderly, and utterly restrained, way of creating ranks of plants, flowers, books and other decorative items. She has become sought-after by furniture and yacht designers to lend her brand to their products and has influenced countless interiors.
Gloriously indulgent and over-the-top in terms of colour, form and collation, Mario Buatta has been famous in America for his work for equally exuberant pop stars and celebrities. Yet, despite the costliness of his interiors Buatta’s “undecorated look” shimmers with the style and serenity of classic interiors.
This celebrity interior designer is undoubtedly charming and very watchable on screen but is Laurence Llewellyn Bowen known more for his personality than his prowess with interiors? We peruse his activities in the world of design and have a look at some of his business pursuits.
Elsie de Wolfe was born plain and as a result hated everything that was ugly and mediocre. She flew into a tantrum as a child when her mother painted their family home sitting room a hideous colour redolent of William Morris (whom Elsie loathed). She made her career creating interiors that were the direct opposite of his “dingy style” using Chinoiserie, Palladian touches and with lots of white and light colours.
Despite the glamour of her life and her own personal style Dorothy Draper was a tough and powerful force. In the days when women, especially not in her milieu, did not “go out to work” she set about creating a business and a brand that has lasted to this day.
The less an interior designer has to work with, whether it be budget or space, the more effort it takes to produce something memorable. Defying the confines of physical space and creating desirable and comfortable interiors is a particular skill – here we look at a few success stories.