There are thousands of designers working throughout the world but only a select few make the grade to become icons of their time. One such contemporary superstar is Kelly Hoppen, a designer who, throughout her forty-plus year career, seems to always be one step ahead and in fact creates, dare I say the word, trends while others trail far behind.\r\n\r\nKelly Hoppen was born in South Africa and grew up in England. She began her stellar career at the tender age of 16 \u00bd years old with a commission to design a family friends\u2019 kitchen and the projects have kept coming since then. Her style is sublime; a fusion of clean lines and neutral tones that portray a timelessness that translates from residential to commercial through to hospitality projects and beyond. But perhaps the most fascinating thing about Kelly is her ability to participate within the entire spectrum of design, to make it her own and to then forge ahead creating an empire as multifaceted as it is today.\r\n\r\nKelly has accomplished so much and it all began when the idea of an entrepreneurial woman was a rare species. All while organically growing her interiors practice to include product design \u2013 both for her own brand and a multitude of disparate companies \u2013 she\u2019s authored books, appeared on television and in film, established an e-commerce destination as well as taking on the mantle as an ambassador for causes that mentor and nurture young people. Suffice it to say that her grasp of design and how it can impact life is impeccable.\r\n\r\nWith a portfolio of projects that touches every genre and working in virtually every corner of the world, Kelly has spread her wings and designed ships and yachts, hotels and resorts and, through her residential and commercial work, is now a driving force in China creating design that is sought after and desired.\r\n\r\nNot afraid to put herself in the spotlight, Hoppen has been a regular on television, an investor participant on BBC Two\u2019s Dragons\u2019 Den, and lately launched her own Podcast series, The Kelly Hoppen Show, where she interviewed a range of successful women about their career and life journeys.\r\n\r\nIn 2009 Hoppen received an MBE for services to design and this year was awarded a CBE in the Queen\u2019s Birthday Honours in recognition of her work for the GREAT campaign, a marketing initiative to encourage visitors, business, investment and study in Britain and Northern Ireland. Of course there are other accolades as well such as, European Woman Of Achievement, ELLE Decoration Award and Grazia Designer of the Year however Hoppen\u2019s greatest achievement is in the strength of her practice and business, the diversity of her offerings and the sheer talent that she brings to each and every project and it is these attributes that set her aside from her peers.\r\n\r\nKelly Hoppen is a guest of Super Design and will be interviewed live by Jan Henderson on 20 November at 8pm.