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100 Top Interior Designers: Kelly Behun

Kelly Behun grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is now recognized as a top interior designer inspiring the world with her high-end taste.

She’s likely the world’s only acolyte of Andrée Putman, Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager. New York-based designer Kelly Behun creates spaces that combine chic with a bit of kook for such high-profile clients as Ian Schrager, Ivanka Trump and Wendi Murdoch.

After moving to New York she joined Ian Schrager Hotels’ in-house Design Studio where she worked with Andree Putman, trained under renowned designer Philippe Starck, and was an integral member of the design team that created the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York City.  She opened Kelly Behun Studio, known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects and its exclusive line of furniture and home accessories.

Her limited edition line of furniture, including artist collaborations, was exhibited in a solo show at the R20th Gallery in Tribeca.  Kelly’s design work has been featured in numerous domestic and international design and shelter magazines and television shows, as well as on the cover of the book “Bathrooms” and “The Bathroom Design File,” published by Ryland, Peters & Small. Her collaboration with Vladimir Kagan is featured in “The Complete Kagan” published by Pointed Leaf Press. Her line is sold at Barneys, SuiteNY, and other exclusive retailers, as well as her storefront on 1st Dibs.  Ms. Behun lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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