Established by Ben Kelly, BKD is one of the UK’s most respected interior design practices. Our talented and highly committed multidisciplinary team creates innovative, hard-working spaces for high profile clients in the retail, leisure, museum, gallery and office sectors.
Our rigorous approach is informed by our strong belief that good design can help any built space reach its full potential. Really understanding and accommodating the different needs of the people who will use them helps us breathe new life into existing spaces. With each project we strive to retain a site’s best features, while enhancing it with an exciting but sympathetic palette of materials, textures, finishes and colours. The experience gained over the past thirty years means that we can consistently deliver top-quality design solutions, combining high levels of creativity with careful project management.
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.
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 awarded the title ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ (RDI), a distinction that no more than 200 designers hold at any one time. Ben is Chair in Interior & Spatial Design at University of the Arts London (UAL) and has been appointed 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.