Paul Kelly created Paul Kelly Design in 1997 after studying for 5 years obtaining both a Bachelor and Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture. Paul immediately opened his company and targeted retail design, incorporating live music (DJ’s) into clothing stores and quickly obtaining a name in the retail sector designing the ‘cool stores’.
After then opening nightclub called ‘Gas’ in 1999, the opportunities in the hospitality market outgrew the passion for retail and Paul focused his attention solely on hotels, bars and restaurants. Paul has created a company now that is regarded as one of the top hospitality design firms in the country, with a myriad of boutique projects throughout Australia and Asia, such as Will and Tobys and Soho in Bondi.
Paul continually pushes facilities to give the customer more, allowing spaces to continually grow and the industry as a whole to continually raise the bar – his style and multi disciplinary approach to the architectural fields make him a standout in the hospitality design industry and a valuable asset to any project.
The White Hart won"Small Bar Of The Year" at the recent Bartender Magazine Awards 2011" staged at Doltone House. This was probably the most highly contested award of them all with so many small bars in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & now Sydney.
This success continues Grant Collins & barsolutions award winning run with them collecting 20 awards from Zeta Bar, 10 Aawrds @ Ku De Ta Bali as well as 14 awards with his time at The Water Bar between 2001 & 2005. While in the UK also collecting 5 awards including "UK Bar Manager Of The Year" & "UK Bar Of The Year" (Zander Bar) both in 2000.
This is also the first award for any bar on Sydney`s Northshore so a great bonus for Grosvenor St & Neutral Bay!