For anyone unfamiliar with TV’s “Dragon’s Den”, the hit ratings show features a panel of five investors, all successful shrewd business people who are presented with inventions and ideas from entrepreneurs seeking investment. The show is entertaining for its rivalry between the Dragons and if the entrepreneurs pitch stand up to the Dragon’s scrutiny. A successful outcome is when a Dragon offers an investment to the entrepreneur and they accept. IT makes for exciting viewing.
The world of interior design is therefore delighted that businesswoman and interior designer Kelly Hoppen is to join the fire-breathing panel on “Dragon’s Den”. She will appear in what is the 11th series of the ever-popular BBC show. Kelly Hoppen is an MBE and runs her own design school and interior design firm. She is well known for her use of beige and taupe colour schemes. No stranger to television, Kelly fronted a Channel 5 series. She is also the author of interior design books.
South African born Hoppen’s career started at 16 years old and in time, she was designing for celebrities including Victoria and David Beckham and Martin Shaw. Over the years, she has stamped her unique style on private jets, yachts, and homes of clients as well as being the interior designer for many prestigious commercial projects globally carrying from aircraft, hotels, offices, and restaurants. A recent project was undertaken with Pearl Motor Yachts.
Kelly has authored seven books, which have been well received and are popular with anyone interested in interior design.
Her design ideas are accessible and to this end, she has designed many ranges for retail outlets such as Debenhams and QVC shopping channel. Her home accessories range of products includes décor items such as wallpaper, furniture, wall art, ceramics, carpets, lighting, taps, paint, bed linen, vases, bathroom accessories, scent, and candles.
Hoppen’s signature design is famed for the use of a colour palette that is neutral using natural, taupe, and beige colour ways. Her philosophy of design is based on creating calm environments based on oriental cultures. Order and harmony flow through her designs and people feel comfortable within. She believes that how people feel is as important as how a design looks.
Apart from being an interior designer and businesswoman, Kelly is also an educator and runs her own interior design education programme passing on her expertise to a new generation of designers.
Her personal style reflects her interior design style with clean lines and structure with neutral colouring in her clothing choices, which is the perfect backdrop for her vibrant strawberry blond curly hair.
On the subject of her appointment to the Dragon’s Den Hoppen was delighted as she has always been passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship. She looks forward to taking that passion to the next level by investing in new innovative business ideas on this exciting show.
Hoppen is well qualified for the job having been running her own business successfully from teenage years and building up the business to the well-regarded global business it is today. She hopes to bring a fresh perspective into the den and looks forward to discovering some new business gems along the way.
It will be interesting viewing and to see what types of ideas and schemes Kelly puts her faith into. No doubt, there will be some creative projects coming through the den, which are sure to attract her attention, but you can be sure unless the figures stack up, she will not be taking a risk on them.
The Dragon’s Den team are looking forward to welcoming Kelly Hoppen on board. They stated she was an exciting addition to the existing line up and have recently begun filming for the series to be aired later this year.
There is no doubt that Kelly has been an inspiration to many of us in the world of interior design and beyond. She has an enviable creative energy, fantastic sense of style and business ability. Her promotion of truly British design has helped the industry and we wish her the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the businesses that appeal to her.
She has a new App for iPhone and iPad called Home Style.