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