Ireland’s Design Renaissance

The Irish are known all over the world for our art, literature and music, and our reputation in the field of design is growing too. As design becomes more and more important, we must nurture our indigenous talent if we want to reap the benefits at home and in the global marketplace

by Róisín Lafferty


Ask anyone which designers they like and nine times out of ten they will name a fashion designer. And yet design is so much more than that. Look around you. Absolutely everything you see has been designed. A newspaper, a lamp, a phone, a font, a fork, a stethoscope.


Dublin South Residence interiors designed by Kingston Lafferty Design
Dublin South Residence interiors designed by Kingston Lafferty Design in collaboration with Brazil Associates


Ireland is not automatically associated with design either, not in the way that Italy, Sweden or Japan are, for example. We’re better known internationally for our art, literature and music, and more recently for our film and animation. Design, for the most part, has taken a back seat and yet its scope is so broad. It’s a plan or drawing or blueprint produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, a garment or any other object before it is made.


Dublin South Residence designed by Kingston Lafferty Design
Dublin South Residence designed by Kingston Lafferty Design in collaboration with Brazil Associates


While I can design the interior of a home, hotel, restaurant or office, I wouldn’t know the first thing about designing a website or a medical device. But I am connected to these practitioners and professionals under the umbrella of design. Design pervades all our lives.

The Irish government designated 2015 the Year of Design. Irish Design 2015 was about harnessing this power and working to support society, educators and students, designers, the public sector and businesses. While the year proved successful, we need to look longer term and ensure that every year is a year of design.

The story of Irish design is one that evolved slowly since the foundation of the state and more rapidly in the last 25 years, with the 1994- 2007 boom and advent of the internet transforming lives and design like no other moment in time. More recently, the definition of design has expanded from a more limited view of styling and appearance to a perspective in which it plays an integral role in the innovation process across the industrial complex. Design as concept and practice is now integral to our socio-economic way of life.


Dublin South Residence interior designed by Kingston Lafferty Design
Sitting Room of Dublin South Residence interior designed by Kingston Lafferty Design in collaboration with Brazil Associates


Ireland is a curiosity to many countries; we have our own distinct brand and the landscape we carved out in the arts must now be replicated for design. Ireland is respected on a global level and
it is time to prioritise Irish design, and to realise and appreciate its contribution to our society and our well-being as well as its international influence.

The gloom of the 2008 recession encouraged a huge swathe of creativity and entrepreneurship that is now coming to fruition across all design disciplines in Ireland. As a result, we are experiencing a design renaissance. Support for this movement should continue. Government is catching on to the overall value that creative thinking and design can add to the Irish economy. More than 50,000 people in this country classify themselves as designers. The overall financial contribution to the Irish economy must be acknowledged and these creatives must be supported to continue in their growth and development. Recent research suggests creative jobs are far less at risk from automation than other areas of employment, so design, in all its guises, will more than ever attract the brightest and best.


Dublin South Residence
Dublin South Residence interiors designed by KLD in collaboration with Brazil Associates


The Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI) has long been an advocate of Irish design. This year, I have taken on the role as president. I hope to highlight the success and importance of Irish design at both a national and international level. We must make the mental shift so that design thinking and appreciation become part of the fabric of society. The IDI awards are a showcase of some of the best design being produced here and give a good insight into the international standard of work across all design disciplines. This is much more than surface-level beauty; these designers are problem solvers, creative thinkers and inventors.

Bushfield Residence Bespoke Joinery by kld interior design
Bushfield Residence Bespoke Joinery by KLD


Our collective understanding and appreciation of design is improving. From my own perspective, more attention is being paid to the importance of interiors and there’s a greater appreciation of  the impact space has on well-being. At KLD [Kingston Lafferty Design], we always look at who uses a space and how they use it. We consider the best possible way to enhance their well-being while also delivering aesthetically beautiful and functional spaces. We’re currently working on a large office space over seven floors in Belfast in which we are installing a wellness room to provide an area of calm for employees away from the workspace. It is minimal in design with the use of pale tones, timber, mirrors and planting, combined with soft lighting, which are proven to enhance mental and physical well-being. This isn’t a trend;this is the future.

Róisín Lafferty at Hatch Student Accommodation in Cork. Hat designed by Martha Lynn Millinery
Róisín Lafferty at Hatch Student Accommodation in Cork. Hat designed by Martha Lynn Millinery


Ireland operates on a global playing field. We are not competing with ourselves; we are competing with design practices and professionals across the world. The internet has brought ready-made markets to our fingertips. We should not shirk from this. I set up my own company, KLD, at the height of the recession. It was risky, but it paid off. Life is short; you must take risks. After almost a decade in business, it is only in the last year that KLD has enjoyed sustained international interest in showcasing our work. What are the benefits of appearing in an international arena? For starters, current and prospective clients’ perception is huge. If you are aligned with international designers, it shows people that your work is of an international standard. As well as raising one’s profile, it also increases one’s visibility in a broader marketplace, opening up project and client possibilities. Cumulatively, this adds value to Irish businesses and to the Irish economy as
a whole.

Bushfield Residence Kitchen
Bushfield Residence Kitchen designed by KLD, extension designed by Noji Architects


So what is the future of Irish design? Can we ever compete with the likes of Milan or Paris? Personally, I think we will increasingly draw on international influences as we travel and see the world and bring our learnings home. Ireland currently ranks 39th in the world design rankings. The US, China, Japan and Italy enjoy the top four slots. With our creative talent and excellent educational facilities, there is no reason Ireland can’t climb this ladder. It won’t be easy, but we must start by nurturing and showcasing the existing pool of talent that we have here.


Mekan Cover Bushfield Kingston Lafferty Design
Our beautiful Bushfield Residence featured in Turkish magazine Mekan


Indigenous companies  shouldn’t feel a need to hire designers from outside of Ireland when there is an abundance of talent here. As a country, we must start from within and empower our own designers.  Creative minds, critical thinking, our unique history and our fringe location all combine to make Irish design unique. Ireland is brimming with creative minds and great design ideas; now we need to show the world.


This article first appeared in the Sunday Business Post on 6 October 2019.

Before and After Video: Ravensdale Residence

Ravensdale Residence is an external and internal refurbishment of an existing residence nestled in the heart of bustling Dublin city in collaboration with Tyler Owens Architects.


Check out the before and after video below.



To read more about the project, head over to the Ravensdale Residence project page.

Stop the Press: KLD Interiors in International Takeover

The end of 2019 and the start of 2020 has seen KLD reach new heights in terms of our projects featuring in the world’s leading Interior design magazines.


Elle Decoration was always a career goal and highlight and earlier in 2019, in July to be specific, our Bolton Coach House Residence featured in Elle Decoration Netherlands. To say this was a dream come true would be an understatement.


Elle Decoration Netherlands Cover
Our Bolton Coach house featured in Elle Decoration Netherlands in 2019


Later in the year however we got the amazing news that our Bushfield project would feature in the UK version of Elle Decoration. This is truly a career high, it has always been a goal to reach the best in interiors magazines and we figure Elle Decoration is it.


Elle Decoration UK Cover
Our Bushfield Residence featured in the January 2020 edition of Elle Decoration UK


But our beautiful Bushfield residence didn’t just stop there. The amazing Marie Claire Maison in Italy featured the design in its December 2019/January 2020 issue. Once again a true hounour and we are genuinely blown away by the reception that our Bushfield Residence design has got.


Marie Claire Maison Cover
Bushfield Residence featured in the December 2019/January 2020 edition of Marie Claire Maison Italy


However we didn’t stop there. Livingetc also featured our already global Bolton Coach House project in their January 2020 edition.

Livingetc Cover
Bolton Coach House featured in the February edition of Livingetc


Bolton had made its international debut earlier in the year when it featured in Vogue Living Australia

Vogue Australia Cover
Vogue Living Australia featuring our Bolton Coach House Design in March/April 2019


Hot off the Press

Not to be outdone, the wonderful Donnybrook Residence has followed in hot pursuit, featuring in the March 2020 Livingetc. So hot off the press we haven’t a pdf yet but it is in the shops right now so go and treat yourself.


Livingetc Cover March 2020
Our Donnybrook Residence features in the March 2020 edition of Livingetc


And finally, we are very proud of this one, our Ravensdale project which features in Ireland’s own  Image Interiors and Living magazine in their Jan/Feb 2020 edition, which is in the stores now.


Image Interiors & Living
Our Ravensdale Residence is featured in the Jan/Feb 2020 edition of Image Interiors & Living



An incredible start to the year, we look forward to what the rest of 2020 has in store.





by Róisín Lafferty

Pablo Picasso once commented “Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” and in my own experience, this is very true. There can be no doubt that your surroundings affect your emotional well-being. Various studies confirm this, but it is something we innately know anyway. Design factors such as colour, light, tone, shadows, acoustics and furnishings all have an impact on the health, performance and engagement of those who live or work in a space. For the interior design professional this is the starting point of any project whether it be residential or commercial. You need to ask all the questions, who is using the space, how are they using the space, how often etc. Whether it be a family living room, an open plan office environment or a Michelin star restaurant, each space is different and requires individual examination and consideration. One of the most important factors in any space is colour. Colour influences perception, mood, feelings, and behaviour, so you need to get it right. Also, important to note, colour is completely subjective. It evokes different reactions and responses from everyone.

Dublin 4 Hallway and Stairs
Bold geometric tiles in the entrance hall of this KLD designed Victorian residence in Donnybrook, Dublin. Walls are Aged Wine and stairs is Dark Navy both from Fleetwood’s Prestige Range


Colour psychology is a field of study that’s devoted to analysing the emotional and behavioural effects produced by colours and colour combinations. As a research topic it is still in its infancy, despite this the concept of colour psychology is prevalent in marketing, art and design as it is an integral part of their function. Essentially, we react to colour, it is innate in us, we don’t control the reaction, it is automatic, biological or learned. Of course, there are always other factors involved such as the context of the colour, and who the individual is, for example their gender, age or culture can influence how they perceive colour. Any evidence and findings are by no means absolute and there will always be variables.


Donnybrook Residence fireplace kld
The juxtaposition of a bright cherry red fireplace creates an unexpected theatrical twist.


Various empirical studies find that red can signify power, excitement, love and anger, while blue signifies masculinity, high quality or competence. Pink signifies sophistication, sincerity and femininity, while purple can signify authority or power. Black can signify grief, sophistication and fear while white can signify happiness, sincerity and purity. As an interior designer you must have an intimate relationship with colour, you need to know what impact a colour is going to have and most importantly how colours work with each other. Combinations of tone and hue can create dramatic results. The artist Joseph Albers spent years studying colour and creating artwork that experimented with unexpected and unusual colour combinations. Often using ‘clashing’ colours, he pushed the boundaries of what people were used to. His work is still relevant decades later.


KLD Dublin 4 Bathroom
Turquoise walls, black and white decorative floor tiles and a luxuious bath and chrome fittings add a Moorish feel to this Moroccan-inspired bathroom.


As a practice, Kingston Lafferty Design are known for being playful with colour. It is one of our trademarks. We take our clients on a journey, sometimes hesitantly, but always with great results. With our unique climate, which leans to the grey side, it is important to inject colour into our lives any opportunity we can and create spaces that positively impact the users experience.

KLD Kitchen Dublin 4
A jewel-toned kitchen feels like a high end cocktail bar.


We are braver and bolder as a nation and we have come a long way even in the nine years I have been in business. We are less conservative than we once were, and our tastes have matured. We now travel the world and bring the best of what we see back with us in our imaginations. This should be reflected in the colour we use inside and outside our homes. In my experience, we are being more creative, adventurous, bespoke, applying our own personalities ensuring our homes are unique in design and reflective of ourselves. I believe colour is a tried and trusted way of achieving this. It is also very economic. The transformative power of paint shouldn’t be underestimated.

Green is not the only colour that can work in a garden
Green is not the only colour that can work in a garden


One of the joys of my job is when you find a client who is adventurous, open minded, who has travelled a lot and wishes to explore the full potential of their home through art, design and colour. One such client crossed our paths last year. A professional woman who had travelled to many countries whose brief was to encapsulate these travels and art and influences she had collected from the likes of New York, Italy and Marrakesh, all providing wonderful palettes off which to work.

Living Room KLD Design
Stong colours can be daunting but it is worth taking the chance. Wall is Copenhagen Blue from Fleetwood’s Prestige Range


In this Victorian house of colour, we drew inspiration from Joseph Albers, opulent Italian mid-century interiors with strong nods to the colourful Marrakech. We juxtaposed colours in such searing shades as maraschino-cherry red, jade green, cobalt blue and dandelion yellow along with moodier plum and soothing sage green. These saturated colours gave each room a distinctive character and provides a full journey of emotions as you wander through the house. The daring tonal changes were deliberate to coincide with how she wanted to feel as she used the space. The opposite of corporate was our main brief. We sought to steer away from any expected colours in the kitchen and bathrooms etc, and instead to challenge what people often associate with these spaces. Instead of a sterile white for the kitchen, we opted for a jewel toned luxury feel that felt more like a high-end cocktail bar than a practical kitchen. All the while still being as functional. As the light changes on each level of the house, so does the impact of the tones and the overall mood. The bedroom for example is a calm sanctuary with deliberately selected muddy greens, which evoke serenity, calm and thoughts of nature. A bedroom needs to encourage sleep after all.

Dublin 4 Hallway by KLD
The home’s daring tonal changes were deliberate


Overall what struck me about this project is the overriding physical and emotional effect colour has on us all. From pictures, the house definitely packs a colourful punch, but in reality, it has an air of romance, passion and nostalgia about it. It is strangely calm and cocooning to be in. It is a space that you want to spend longer in. And that was the desired effect.


Dining Area KLD Design
This room has strong nods to colourful Marrakesh.


We were lucky we had a brave client in this case, and you do need to be brave and visionary. Strong colours can be daunting and often you might find a builder or even a painter advise you that something won’t work. Part of KLD’s success is that we take chances, we have experimented, and we have taken risks.  With this project even KLD were pushing our comfort zones; for us this was extremely bold, but the results exceeded even our own expectations. This project has been one of our most featured internationally, appearing in Architectural Digest Russia and Design Anthology UK.

Beautiful cabinetry and retail display, The Vaults
The Vaults Parlour Café with chequered flooring designed by KLD


Interest in the subject of colour psychology is growing, but there is a long way to go. No doubt new technologies and innovation will discover and reveal incredible findings. In the meantime, I encourage people to play and experiment with colour, push the boundaries, follow your instincts and enjoy the results.


Hatch Cork Student Accommodation
Hatch Cork Interiors designed by Kingston Lafferty Design


  1. Think Colour

Never underestimate the importance of colour in your home. Colour schemes exist for a reason and they do not need to match. The colour will come from your paint choice, furniture, flooring, art, ornaments, glassware, even books and flowers. Always try to think what works with what as you add elements to your space. Most importantly choose colours that make you feel happy. Life is too serious. Allow your own personal space to be a positive place.


  1. Be Brave
    This goes without saying. Don’t be afraid. If you are unsure exactly what colour to use, why not try out a number of tester pots and add each colour to the wall beside each other. Nothing compares to seeing the colour in the location it is going to be.


  1. Paint it

Paint is the most obvious and cost-effective way of adding colour to your home. A great trick for upcycling or reinventing something is to paint it. On one of our projects we took a beautiful pine fireplace which felt dated and painted it white, totally transforming the aesthetic and giving it a luxurious feel. I recommend looking at the extensive Fleetwood Vogue and Prestige range. We always use Fleetwood in all our projects and there is little doubt it is the best paint you can lay your hands on.


  1. Art

Can’t stress the importance of art in the home. Art is another way to bring colour into the home. The more colourful the better. There is no end of art available, and if you are on a budget, you can get prints of your favourite art, have them framed, and it can add so much to a space.


  1. Black and White
    Remember black and white are colours too. Black and white are never out of fashion. The monochrome rainbow serves as a wonderful contrast to bolder colours of all hues. As it happens at KLD we love black and white chequered and monochrome floors especially when the walls they serve are bright vibrant colours.


This article first appeared in the Sunday Business Post on 3 November 2019.

Rollercoaster of Running Your Own Business

Rollercoaster of Running Your Own Business by Róisín Lafferty

Running your own business is challenging, rewarding and also very hard work. It is not for the faint-hearted. There will be days when you ask yourself is it all worth it. Those days where issues abound and you suddenly feel you are in some obscure comedy of errors, and all you can do is laugh. Thankfully those days are rare.  There are however the special days, the days when months if not years of hard work have finally paid off. Days when you see so much hard work by so many people across a range of professions and disciplines culminate in a finished product that you are proud to share with the world. Those are the special days, when you look at what’s before you and realise it started with a sketch on a napkin.

Róisín Lafferty, Creative Director KLD
Róisín Lafferty, Creative Director KLD


Róisín with Associate Director Becky Russell
Róisín with KLD Associate Director Becky Russell at Bolton Coach House


I have been running my own business now for almost 10 years, I am currently the President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), a post I took up in July 2019. This great responsibility has had the side-effect of encouraging me to look back over my own career running an Interior Architecture and Design Business, and ask myself ‘what have I learned?’ Is there any wisdom to pass on? I am sure I have plenty more to learn, I learn every day. But for now, here are some observations I wish to share.


Cairn Homes interior design by KLD
Cairn Homes interior design by KLD


  1. Say Yes to your creative self

How did I end up in design? I was always creative, I enjoyed Art and English and I knew from an early age I would end up in a creative profession.  From speaking to other artists and designers it almost feels like a vocation, it is not even a choice, it is simply something you must do. Or rather you couldn’t possibly do anything else. We now live in an age where creativity and innovation are so prized, where creative thinking and imagination are essential for problem solving, and this will never go out of fashion. Design is permeating all walks of life and has become increasingly important as we constantly strive to improve how we experience the world around us and online.  The design and creative fields abound with potential. We all have a creative self and in my experience,  business owners who create a working environment which enables people to tap into their own creativity will be more successful.


House of Peroni at the RHA designed by KLD 2019
House of Peroni at the RHA designed by KLD 2019


  1. Courage of your convictions

Want to set up a business? Why not? Of course, you are nervous at the beginning, fear of failure is a real thing. But fear is an emotion you have to train yourself to deal with. I love this oft used Beckett quote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Ideally failing is not an option or outcome we want, but you must overcome any irrational fears you may have and knuckle down and believe in yourself, your talent and your potential. If you are persistent, if you have courage, the courage of your convictions, you will succeed. In all businesses, people are attracted to people who are passionate about their area of expertise. If you are passionate, enthusiastic and love what you do, people will want to help you, work with you support you. People will want to hire you and your peers will want to collaborate with you.


An early KLD project, Ranelagh Residence. Remains our most challenging project to date.
An early KLD project, Ranelagh Residence. remains our most challenging project to date.


  1. Collaborate

As I built my business, I was constantly dealing with clients, contractors, artists, tradespeople, quantity surveyors, architects and engineers etc.  I saw these people as my partners and collaborators. Everyone is bringing something to the table, and any project is the sum of ALL its parts. You should never underestimate the power of collaboration, even on a holistic level it is powerful and positive. It brings out the best in all parties and enhances and enriches any given project in whatever field. Working with other people who take great pride in their work can only enhance your own.

In business unlikely collaborations are always interesting. Look outside your comfort zone or your creative field or put things together you never though could go together. I have learnt in design to collaborate with artists, musicians, joiners, painters, scientists, poets, architects, jewellery designers, concrete makers and sculptors, in fact anyone with a creative streak.  I am excited about all the future collaborations that lie ahead, that will only happen if we seek them out and imagine them into reality.


DFS Bedroom
Bedroom from DFS Colour Happiness Installation, May 2018


  1. Implementing ideas/(Be Violent)


You need to learn to implement your ideas. This can be tricky, especially in the creative industries. Every creative act involves making choices. In her book A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre, Anne Bogart says “Art is violent. To be decisive is violent.”  In any art or creative field, in order to move forward, you sometimes need to ‘murder your darlings’, and that process can be as painful as it is ruthless. But it is quite necessary if you are to succeed. Decisions need to be made and ideas need to be implemented, and when you are the creative director, you are the person that needs to make these tough decisions on a constant basis. I am not going to say it gets easier over time, the creative process isn’t meant to be easy, but you do learn to accept and move on more readily. It is all part of the creative process.


Róisín speaking at the Maven46 Summit
Róisín speaking at the Maven46 Summit 2019


  1. Flat Hierarchy

You don’t need me to tell you that there is no I in team. Any project I have ever worked on has been a team effort and that tone is set from the top. In a design company it is important to leave ego at the door.   It is genuinely an all hands-on deck at any given time approach. To exaggerate slightly, I spend half my life dragging large plants across floors, or at least that is the way it seems. As my business has expanded, I have less time to deal with smaller but no less important details, however, you will still see me up ladders or painting a wall on any given installation or pop-up. One is not a leader if they cannot be part of a team.


Team KLD in 2019 at the launch of House of Peroni
Team KLD in 2019 at the launch of House of Peroni


  1. Integrity

It might sound obvious, but integrity is very important. Of course, there are ups and downs in any walk of life. Sometimes there are awards and rewards and sometimes there is a bit of ‘Mea Culpa’.  And that is fine, this is life.  We all make mistakes and when we do, we own them, sort the issue and move on.  Same in business. You must have integrity; otherwise other people won’t take you seriously and you will be left behind. Clients or customers will lose their trust in you and your capabilities to do good business.  In an ever-crowded world you need to stand out, there are so many platforms and mediums where people will scrutinise and analyse you and your work, but if you have your integrity, no one can take it from you.


Becky Russell and Róisín Lafferty accepting award for Medium Frrm of the Year
Becky Russell and Róisín Lafferty accepting award for Medium Firm of the Year 2019


Running any business, but especially one in a creative field is a roller coaster ride. The marriage of business and creativity is not always an easy one, like all marriages you need to work at it. Every day brings forth new challenges and surprises. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Vaults Parlour
Embracing the whimsy: fun on photoshoot day at award-winning the Vaults Parlour.


This article was first published in the Sunday Business Post on 16 June 2019.




KLD 2019 Year in Review

Well it has been another incredible year at KLD HQ. Our international press coverage reached new heights, there were awards, Presidencies, travels and lots of amazing projects.

The new year got off to a great start when, in February, our beautiful Bolton Coach House appeared in Australian Vogue Living. This is the stuff dreams are made of and it kicked off what was to be an incredible year for the Coach House. It would go on to appear in Elle Decoration Netherlands, Architectural Digest Italy, Interior Design Magazine, IDEAT Contemproary Life Magazine, Sweden’s Plaza Deco, Germany’s SCHÖNER WOHNEN, Yatzer and Yellowtrace.

Bolton Coach House featured in Vogue Living Australia



Elle Decoration Netherlands Cover
Our Bolton Coach house featured in Elle Decoration Netherlands in 2019


Meantime hot on its heels our Donnybrook Residence was featured in the amazing Design Anthology UK, Architectural Digest Russia, Departures MagazineDeco Idées, Actief Wonen, Sunday Independent Life Magazine, House and Home Magazine

Design Anthology UK Cover
Donnybrook Residence featured in Design Anthology UK

In June we found out the our Vaults Parlour design was nominated in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in two categories, International In Another Place and Heritage categories. The design would go on to win the International In Another Place category, meaning KLD had gone on to win two Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in a row, having won in 2018 for Pot Bellied Pig.

The Vaults Parlour


In June we had the long-awaited launch of Hatch Student Accommodation and Hatch Living. This had been a labour of love over the past year or so and we were thrilled with the results. Our beautiful and innovative project was featured in Wallpaper Magazine and Yellowtrace which was simply the icing on the cake.

BOdy Painted Models at launch of Hatch Cork June 2019
Abigail Russell and Dee Power at the launch of Hatch Student Accommodation Cork, compromising Marsh’s Yard and the Steelworks on Copley Street, Cork.. Photo Kieran Harnett


In July we got the amazing news that Kingston Lafferty Design had been longlisted in the Dezeen Awards 2019 for best Emerging Designer. It was a long wait to find out if we were shortlisted, and it wasn’t to be this time. However, being longlisted was a great achievement and honour and we were humbled to be amongst such amazing international talent.

Kingston Lafferty Design Longlisted for Emerging Interior Designer at Dezeen Awards 2019
Kingston Lafferty Design Longlisted for Emerging Interior Designer at Dezeen Awards 2019


Also in July KLD founder and Creative Director Róisín Lafferty assumed the position of President of the IDI Institute of Designers in Ireland, its youngest ever President. Speaking of the appointment Róisín said:


“It is an incredible honour to take on the role of President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and to follow in the footsteps of designers and practitioners who have inspired and trail blazed over the years. I am humbled with the trust that has been put in me to lead the organisation and I look forward to working with the IDI and the Irish design community to not only showcase and promote the exceptional work of Irish designers but to bring design to the forefront of the Irish cultural narrative.”

August saw KLD design House of Peroni at the RHA Gallery. KLD Creative Director Róisín Lafferty was approached to design the aesthetic and she would be joined with two other leading creatives, Killian Crowley, chef extraordinaire and Kev Freeney Creative Director of Algorithm to complete the whole House of Peroni experience.

House of Peroni at the RHA by Kingston Lafferty Design
Peroni at the RHA


Team KLD at House of Peroni


In September Kingston Lafferty Design were delighted to be announced Architecture Master Prize (AMP) Medium Firm of the Year Award in Residential Interior Design for 2019. The following month KLD directors Róisín and Becky would collect the award at a ceremony in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Becky Russell and Róisín Lafferty accepting award for Medium Frrm of the Year
Becky Russell and Róisín Lafferty accepting award for Medium Frrm of the Year


October saw Kingston Lafferty Design bring home another prestigious award. Our Vaults Parlour project won the International In Another Space category at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.

Becky Russell and Roisin Lafferty from Kingston Lafferty Design, interior designers
Becky Russell and Roisin Lafferty from Kingston Lafferty Design picking up the Restaurant and Bar Design Award


Rounding off a great year in November Róisín won the Interior Designer award at the inaugural House and Home Interior Influence Award. A fantastic nod to Róisín and KLD. On announcing the winner, Kirstie McDermott told us the judges said:

“they are the best in the country, they editorialise their feed, they care about their projects and the content they share. They have a beautiful feed and are head and shoulders above the rest. They are producing next-level interiors.”


Róisín Lafferty collecting her award from John Smigielski of Linwood Fabrics at the House and Home Influence awards on association with DFS held at the Alex Hotel photo Kieran Harnett

And so we look forward to 2020, and already it looks set to be another fantastic year at KLD HQ. We have some very exciting projects that will be completing in 2020 including Urban HQ in Belfast and a wonderful beach house on the Wild Atlantic coast in Kerry. We also have some fantastic and exciting projects that will be starting in 2020, which for the time being remain top secret. Keep an eye out for KLD projects featuring in some of the most international publications. Watch this space.


Finally, Happy New Year to one and all. We wish you health and happiness for 2020 and beyond.