A couple of weeks ago, I scaled the heady heights of the City’s famous Gherkin to check out Samsung’s new U9000 Curved UHD TV. And who should I find at the top but Kelly Hoppen, who was kind enough to partake in a quick Celeb About tech interview…
Girl About Tech: Kelly, what do you make of Samsung’s curved TV?
Kelly Hoppen: I’ve never seen anything like it; I didn’t expect to be that impressed, but when I experienced it, I was blown away by the purity and definition of the screen.
GAT: What advice would you give to anyone trying to incorporate a big TV into their interior scheme?
KH: Don’t try to hide it! I believe that if you put a television in a room, it immediately becomes friendlier. People gravitate towards the place where the TV is placed since it’s such a big feature in most of our lives, and it is a fact that a room with a television in it will be used far more than a room without one. I love watching movies and TV, so it’s no surprise that I love seeing the television screen fully on show.
GAT: Are you a keen cook?
KH: I didn’t use to be, but I cook more so now than before… it helps that I’ve got some great appliances to make it easier. I love my fridge – it’s spacious and the numerous storage drawers help me to be organised. I like to have a very tidy fridge so I can see everything in it, so food doesn’t get lost at the back and wasted. For drinks, I couldn’t live without my built-in hot water tap and Nespresso coffee machine. I also love using my Vitamix to make smoothies, soups and sauces.
GAT: As an interior designer, you’re obviously a very visual person. Do you take a lot of photographs?
KH: Yes. I have a Samsung camera – and of course my phone, which I use a lot for pictures. I also just got a Gear 2 smartwatch, which is just brilliant and handy for taking quick snaps, and I have an iPad, which I use for photos, too!
GAT: How do you relax?
KH: I love listening to music so it’s important to me to have the right equipment. At home I have a Sonos system and am planning to get myself an LP player, and when I’m on the move I listen to music on my phone. My stepdaughter gave me a pair of BEATS by Dre headphones, which are brilliant when I want to shut out other noise and focus on my music.
GAT: What’s the one piece of tech that you wouldn’t be without?
KH: My running machine. I use it almost every day, and couldn’t live without it!
GAT: Do you have any favourite apps?
KH: Instagram and Twitter. I love social networking, especially on Twitter.
And now for the quick-fire round
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Induction or gas? KH: Gas
Microwave or steam oven? KH: Steam
LPs or MP3s? KH: LPs
Mac or PC? KH: Mac
Cloud storage or zip drive? KH: Cloud
Twitter or Facebook? KH: Twitter [You can follow Kelly @IMKellyHoppen]