Ben Kelly was trained in Interior Design and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1974. He established Ben Kelly Design (BKD) in 1977. In November 2007 Ben Kelly was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), a distinction that no more than 200 designers hold at any one time. Ben was Chair in Interior & Spatial Design at University of the Arts London (UAL) from 2013 – 2016 and is currently Visiting Professor in Interior Design at The Royal College of Art.
Ben has recently been appointed Professor in Interior Design at Kingston University where he was granted an Honorary Doctor of Design in 1998. In 1997 he was nominated by D&AD for the Prince Philip Designers Prize awarded for outstanding achievement in design for business and society. Ben Kelly is acknowledged as a leader in the practice of Interior Design and has demonstrated his ability to transform perceptions and deliver commercial gain. He is recognised as one of the UK’s most influential Interior Designers. He has directed successful and innovative projects across the UK, Europe and Asia. BKD has won many awards and their work has been extensively published.
Ben believes that the influence of Marcel Duchamp’s work and his thinking is everywhere in our lives.
Ben also practices as an artist and has exhibited at Paul Stolper Gallery, Stanley Picker Gallery, Mackintosh Gallery – Glasgow School of Art, Storey Institute – Lancaster, British Council – Lisbon, South Bank Centre – London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Design Museum, Corner House – Manchester & Urbis – Manchester. His work is in permanent public collections at The V&A and the British Council, Lisbon.
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