ABOUT Kelly Ross



Kelly Ross grew up on the edge of a national park in WA, an isolated part of the worlds most isolated city. Being surrounded by the Australian bush landscape honed a deep connection to nature, independence & imagination. Kelly was strongly influenced by her father, a geologist who travelled extensively in search of treasure & her mother, an accomplished psychoanalyst working with people displaced within society, pushed to the fringes of what is acceptable. From an early age, travel was necessity & she accompanied her father on several research trips including gold panning in the depths of the Amazon River.
She earned a double degree in Human Environment Design & Set Design & Construction at Curtin University, before moving to Melbourne to pursue a career with large touring musicals. 13 years of national & international touring as resident Props Maker / Head Prop Operator & Scenic Artist instilled resourcefulness & a tireless ability for creative problem solving. This time forged a deep & intuitive love of enchantment, escapism & storytelling. A world based on the suspension of disbelief was matched with precise technical capability to move, prepare & operate multi million dollar theatre shows. The traveling caravan lifestyle was an exposure to art, culture, design & creativity of the highest order. Human environment design combined psychology, Interior design & architectural practices to explore & apply the connection between people & place.
Post grad studies at the International School of Colour & Design in Sydney lead to a position as educator, mentor & public speaker. This was a time of constant learning, collaboration & opportunity to take real world experience to emerging designers. Kelly’s design studio emerged organically & became the driving motivation of inspiration seeking via travel & adventure. The natural progression of Kelly’s experiences, love of art, music & people have been culminated in her approach to design. Kelly’s aesthetic has been shaped by the beauty of the natural world, the raw materials we extract, optimism & the mystery of a '1 off'.





ABOUT Kelly Ross Design Studio


We design. We breathe brave and unusal into everything we do.

Kelly Ross is a Sydney based design studio working anywhere in Australia in both urban & rural settings. Our doors were opened 10 years ago, in that time we have worked in the diverse arenas of Production design to boutique hotels. We are a small & flexible studio that work across the disciplines of Commercial, Hospitality & residential design. The creative & technical intent of our work is to realise the uniqueness of our clients & their brief & execute that in a heightened, complete & resourceful  way. We are passionate about collaboration with both our clients & craftspeople to achieve a space that celebrates longevity & individuality. We are expert in rescuing, salvaging or repurposing anything be it a previous design or object. No job is too small.