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.