Professor Ben Kelly

School: Design School
Position: Professor of Interior Design


Ben Kelly is one of the UK's most influential interior designers, most renowned for his design of Manchester's Hacienda club in the early 1980's, financed by record label Factory Records. Kelly's multidisciplinary research engages in the capture and interpretation of specific periods of time, the results of which he applies to the design of interior and exhibition spaces. His practice links the materiality of aesthetics, through examination of shape, lighting, colour materials, spatial and structural arrangements, which has attuned Kelly to certain synesthetic concepts that both reference and create highly considered atmospheres.

Research expertise

Interior and graphic design; materials and environment research

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Interior, 3D, Communication and Curatorial Design, BA, MA, Mphil and PhD research


Design Museum, BBC, Crafts Council, 100% Design, Gymbox, The Public, Garman Ryan Collection, Design Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, Factory, Museum of London, The Wellcome Trust

Research groups & programmes


Jump to: Design | Exhibition
Number of items: 13.


Kelly, Ben [Designer] (2009) The Public: gallery space. Interactive design gallery space.

Kelly, Ben (2005) Fallon Advertising Agency. London, UK : Interior/industrial design.

Ben Kelly Design, . and Cumberlidge, Clare [Curator of an exhibition] (2004) Wonderful: visions of the near future. Exhibition design.

Kelly, Ben (2003) Hometime: eight rooms. Interior/industrial design.

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (1999) 100% Design exhibition. Exhibition design.

Kelly, Ben [Designer], Khera, Paul [Designer] and Beddoes, Maria [Designer] (1998) True stories. Exhibition design.

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (1997) Design Council offices. Office building.

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (1995) The basement. Children's gallery.


Rossi, Catharine [Curator of an exhibition], Kelly, Ben [Designer] and Fisher, Fiona [Research team member] (2014) Space Electronic : Then and Now. 14th International Architecture Exhibition. .

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (2012) British design 1948-2012: innovation in the modern age. .

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (2009) Identity: eight rooms, nine lives. .

Kelly, Ben [Designer] (2008) Design cities. .

Kelly, Ben (2002) Web wizards. Design Museum. , London, UK.

This list was generated on Mon Jun 26 04:33:02 2017 BST.
British Design 1948-2012; Innovation in the Modern Age
British Design 1948-2012; Innovation in the Modern Age