The queen of neutrals reveals her more playful side...
Interiors icon Kelly Hoppen MBE has unveiled an unexpected collaboration with Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday.
This year marks nine decades since the much-loved technicolour mouse’s first appearance in Steamboat Willie on 18th November 1928, and to celebrate Disney has worked together with Kelly Hoppen on a unique and diverse collection of wall coverings, rugs and bedding.
It’s an unlikely collaboration from the queen of chic neutral interiors, who has introduced Mickey to her signature neutral palette, putting her own twist on the number of designs.
The collaboration comprises three core collections, all featuring Mickey Mouse; a range of bespoke rugs created by Persian rug specialist Essie, brand new murals and wallpaper prints with Graham & Brown, and a Mickey bedding collection designed by Hoppen for QVC.
Launching this month, the new range of striking murals and wallpaper designs, produced by Graham & Brown, features four mural and four wallpaper designs, each in a range of different colourways.
With these prints, Hoppen wanted to do something never done before, and bring Mickey to a grown-up audience while still maintaining his youthful charm.
Whether cheerfully jumping through a bold houndstooth print, cheekily pulling aside Kelly’s signature taupe runners, or quietly marching behind-the-scenes, the tongue-in-cheek collection reflects the identities of both Mickey and the renowned interior designer.
The cartoon character gives on-trend botanical leaf prints a playful update, while classic houndstooth prints receive bold makeover in primary colours with Mickey jumping out of the design.
This mixture of bold, cartoon-like designs and subtle silhouettes, in both vivid colour and the signature Kelly Hoppen neutral palette, offer out-there murals along with more subtle designs.
Hoppen has also collaborated with renowned Mayfair-based Persian carpet specialist Essie Sakhai of Essie Carpets for a range of Mickey-inspired rugs – available from October 2018 (prices starting from £2,500).
The third and final collection sees Mickey take over the bedroom, with a whole range of quirky bedding designed by Hoppen exclusively for QVC from November 2018.
Speaking of the new collection, Hoppen exclaims, ‘I can’t even tell you how much fun I had creating these designs. It’s an honour to be able to reimagine Mickey in my own way.’
‘Mickey Mouse is such an icon and means so much to so many people.’ Hoppen explains. ‘I wanted to put my own twist on Mickey and create design-led pieces – for both adults and children. I wanted to bring him to life inside the home, while blending seamlessly into the decor and offering it a quirky appeal.’
The wallpapers are £40 a roll and the murals are £50 per sq m, available from September 2018 from grahambrown.com.
Visit www.kellymeetsmickey.com for more info on all of the collections.