Ben Kelly

The Apartment, Mayfair
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An enigmatic figure in the design world, art director Peter Saville asked friend and collaborator Ben Kelly to turn an immaculately preserved 1970s Mayfair apartment into a suitably ambiguous live/work/gallery space, using minimal intervention. The apartment already featured an original Verner Panton floor-to-ceiling light fixture, acres of smoked glass, tinted mirrors and high-gloss finishes — BKD added accents with bright green paint, creamy carpets, contemporary artworks and dramatic lighting. A soft-sculpture telephone number rendered in pink satin, a startled mannequin and the occasional paint explosion, provided a sense of spontaneity within an otherwise uber-cool interior.

ClientPeter Saville
LocationLondon
Date1996