About Kelly Harris Smith
Kelly Harris Smith is an independent designer and creative director specializing in natural and sustainable materials in commercial and residential interior design. By balancing intricacy and simplicity, Kelly’s designs are distinctive for their pattern, color, and innovative functionality. Whether she’s creating small accessories or large interior architecture installations, Kelly begins her design process with a thoughtful analysis of how people will interact with the product or environment. A co-founder of FilzFelt, she was Creative Director and VP of Design for Spinneybeck | FilzFelt until her departure in 2017.
Named one of the Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians in 2008, Kelly was a recipient of New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Award in 2011. Under her direction, FilzFelt received Interior Design Magazine’s HIP Award in 2014 and 2016, and Spinneybeck’s Beller Collection received Metropolis magazine’s Metropolis Likes Award and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award in 2016. She is a founding member and board organizer of Boston Design Salon, a women’s design business leadership organization, and sits on the advisory council of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA), an organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship of design to business, education, and leadership. Kelly lives with her husband, two children, and two vizslas in Boston’s South End.
About Kelly Harris Smith Collection
The Kelly Harris Smith Collection includes fashion-inspired Block acoustic tiles, striped Floor Coverings, and shape-shifting Hanging Panels. Kelly’s designs play with scale and pattering to create products that thoughtfully balance design and utility. Adapted from iconic fashion patterning, the Kelly Harris Smith-designed Block patterns evolve classic motifs to on trend for a modern workplace. Her collection of Stripes Floor Coverings make the most of reclaimed post-industrial remnant felt that is cut and bound together with a zigzag stitch in durable grey nylon thread. The interesting color combinations make these rugs anything by ordinary. And her seven designs of Hanging Panels begin with the seemingly straightforward circle, triangle, and square but by combining, repeating, and scaling, the shapes form complex patterning inspired by halftone reprographic techniques. Always one to think about more than just aesthetics, Kelly’s designs provide opacity to allow a bit more privacy at seated height, while light and views are filtered above.
Wanted Design Photo Credit: ©Francis Dzikowski/OTTO