kelly1One of Ben Kelly Design (“BKD”) exhibitions….a design firm, London based…a very impressive breadth of work

kelly2wooden telephone poles juxtaposed with brass L brackets housing business gear and lighting—smart and chic

kelly3lovely custom woodwork with the repeated pole element…housing a simple Thomas Edison bulb; love the aggregate tile flooring with the weight of the sleek concrete wall

kelly4on color…..vivid, rich and decisively placed….complimentary, subtle yet brilliantly effective

kelly5custom wood cut and inlay elements mixed with the sleek, yet masculine element of steel; sound architecture and material selection


color and material selection is a delicate rope to walk in design without overstimulating the space—-a fine example of a job well done on all levels

kelly7rich, textural, primarily masculine with brilliant red wall and bar beverage pull elements…concrete wall, high gloss red wall, and stainless (thicker edge detail) counter married with a sleek black elevated skateboard counter.  I’m lovin how the stools are floor mounted to blend in as permanent fixture

kelly8accomplished in color splashes and mixing materials is clearly evident in this vignette; there are at least a dozen worthy elements to soak in for design inspiration on future projects


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Today I’m featuring quick pics of a dental office I designed.  This space in in the heart of Union Square, San Francisco, on the corner of Stockton and Post.  I took these pics yesterday, so they were not professionally composed.  My regular photographer, Shannon, is on vacation.  This space (it’s bones) and the client were a joy to work with throughout the entire project.

The color palette is subtle, rich and feminine.  The materials we worked with were some of my favorites, old brick, polished concrete, light, sexy Zodiaq quarts countertops.  The softscape includes embroidery influenced wool rugs, washed woods, crisp linen, oil on canvas, warm lighting, both new and vintage accents. 

Artwork in the reception area created by local artist, Audrey Kral, her work is incredible and I found it via 4th Street Studios.  

The mirror, a vintage find, which I had refinished.  Originally, I had it earmarked for my studio walls.  It just worked so perfectly in this space…the shape adds a softness to the architectural lines (will be better illustrated in later pics) and other hard line elements.  It was refinished in a bronze pewter metal finish, which folds well into the color scheme.

I know, you’re thinking, what is this?  Well, I wanted to show the richness of our polished concrete floor.   I had it custom tinted when it was refloated, which by the way, is a very very complicated process.  It took a few rounds to get the color right because of how pigment rises to the top and it actually changed hue when we added our sealer, but it turned out nice and the client is very happy.

Here’s the face of the reception desk.  In commercial design, especially medical, you are often bound to using laminates, for casegoods and cabinetry for sanitary purposes and budget constraints.  It is really a challenge as a designer to make the space unique, well balanced and fresh when working with such material constraints.  The vendors (Formica, Nevamar, Wilsonart) have improved leaps and bounds over the years in the range of product they offer…their color selection and faux bois options are better than ever.  

The countertop for the reception customer portion is quartz.  I went with a thicker counter top as I think it speaks volumes on perceived quality, especially in commercial or large residential spaces. The edge detail is square, with a small top bevel to accent the sexiness of this material.

This is a shot into one of the operatories.  I wanted to show the accent paint color, which is a rich periwinkle blue (Benjamin Moore).  This color wraps the perimeter walls on the left side of the office and the back wall.  I used the light oyster color in the reception area, the hallway walls, ceilings, portion of the right perimeter walls that were not exposed brick.  The cabinetry is covered in wood laminate, with a light matte finish Corian countertop.  We rounded the edges of this cabinetry to soften the look and improve functional movement within the space.

I try to source reception seating on my projects that departs a bit from typical contract style chairs.  Medical offices can be so stale. This doctor is a female cosmetic dentist, so what better space to set the tone for a pretty mouth than a pretty space.  I sourced these chairs through a ‘to the trade’ vendor, they were shipped across country and came in, better than I remembered them looking at the Vegas Market where I sourced them.  That was such a treat and is far from typical in my industry; there is always a risk in quality when sourcing new, direct, lesser known vendors.  The kicker is that these chairs are very comfortable…don’t they just set of the reception area so well.  The rug is also one of my vendors.  Their product has a nice range of styles and their quality and price point are refreshingly great !!  

Another shot of the space; we washed the original brick (which we exposed during demolition).  We washed it to tone down the red hue, but wanted to maintain it’s rich, original, natural variation.

The client…she is a dream, and honestly, I had the creative freedom on this project that is ideal.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thank you for being here.

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