Mullan Lighting: Tripping the Light Fantastic

KLD Directors Róísín Lafferty and Becky Russell recently headed to Mullan village in Co. Monaghan to visit world class lighting designers Mullan Lighting at their factory to help them celebrate ten years in business. Becky kept a diary of the day so welcome to A Day in the Life of Becky Russell, KLD Associate Director.

A couple of weeks back, on a beautiful sunny morning in Mullan Lighting in a remote village near the border in Co. Monaghan. We are there to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the lighting company which has gone from strength to strength with their lights gracing ceilings and walls across the world.

Beautiful Mullan Lighting at the Vaults Parlour


To celebrate the ten years in business and KLD were invited to the factory along with a host of other designers and journalists to find out more about the fascinating story of Mullan Lighting. Also in attendance was Monaghan TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys.


Dublin 4 Hallway and Stairs
Beautiful Mullan Chandelier at our Donnybrook Residence project


We were greeted by the very warm and welcoming team including Mike and Edel Treanor and led into the old Mill building. Mike Treanor set up the business in an abandoned mill in 2009 and now ten years later, Mullan Lighting is the biggest employer in the village, employing 65 people, many of whom live in restored mill houses.

After warm words on the company and a brief history lesson on the work they have done over the last 10 years it was time for a tour of Mullan Lighting.

We follow the journey of a new light from Mullan receiving the order through the bespoke design department and then through the different logistical and manufacturing departments and finally through packing and labelling! At each stage a member of the Mullan team talked us through the process, the craft and the careful planning and consideration that makes the process seamless end efficient.

After this it was time to put us to work!! We carefully designed and selected the components of our very own pendant and started the process of assembling it under the instructive and watchful eye of one of the Mullan team.

Mullan Lighting Pack
Lighting Pack and Instructions


We were taken through each step of assembly, wiring, teasing the finished product, packing and labelling it so it was ready for us to take home and install in our own homes.


The beginning of the process


Mullan Lighting socket
Thank goodness for instructions


Mullan Lighting Becky Russell
This is going to be fun


Mullan Lighitng assembly
Even this looks pretty


Mullan Lighting Wiring
This looks ok.. for a beginner


While I mastered the wiring I do not yet have the speed of finesse that the Mullan team have when assembling all the little parts but we got there in the end and the finished product is a beautiful industrial pendant in powder coated mint with twisted burgundy cord and brass fittings!!

Becky Russell and Mullan Lighting
This has gone better than expected


Mullan Lighting Testing
Testing 1,2,3…


Mullan Lighting Packaged
All done


Mullan Lighting Box
Boxed and ready to ship

What a fantastic day, and such a nice touch to assemble our very own Mullan Light.

An incredible success story, Mullan Lighting has gone from strength to strength and will double in size with the estimated creation of 30 jobs over the next two years.

Mullan Lighting has been a firm favourite of KLD’s throughout the years and has featured in many of our projects. We wish them good luck with their next ten years and beyond.

House and Home Interior Influence Award 2019: Interior Designer Award

Congratulations to Kingston Lafferty Design Creative Director, Róisín Lafferty, on winning the Interior Designer Award at the inaugural House and Home Magazine Interior Influence Awards 2019.


KLD Creative Director Róisín Lafferty


For the first time ever, House and Home decided to recognise the achievements of the burgeoning Irish interior Instagram and social media community with the inaugural House and Home Interior Influence Awards in association with DFS. Nurtured by House and Home magazine since the inception of their daily follow hashtag, #MyHouseAndHome in September 2017, the community has blossomed into a vibrant, digital creative hub, and they decided now was a great time to celebrate that innovation, spirit and colour.


Roisin Lafferty and Becky Russell
Becky Russell and Roisin Lafferty at the House and Home Influence awards on association with DFS held at the Alex Hotel. Photo by Kieran Harnett


The event took place at the Alex Hotel last Wednesday 6 November with a room full of interiors experts and influencers in attendance.

As she was called to pick up her award, emcee Kirstie McDermott of House and Home Magazine described the winner (Róisín) :


“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 and ​John Smigielski of Linwood at the House and Home Influence awards in association with DFS held at the Alex Hotel. Photo by Kieran Harnett

A fantastic honour, thanks to all who nominated Róisín and to all the judges for the amazing praise. Congratulations Róisín on a well-deserved win. Here is a look at the moment Róisín won:


It was of course a night of fun, food and music and lots of friendly faces.


Dinner Setting
On the menu



Roisin Lafferty and Becky Russell sporting fabulous Jill & Gill Apparell
Roisin Lafferty and Becky Russell sporting fabulous Jill & Gill Apparel


Thanks to all involved in the evening including the judges, House and Home Magazine and DFS. And finally thanks to all our collaborators who work tirelessly with us to bring our beautiful work to highest of standards. It is truly a collaborative process and we are incredibly fortunate to work with the best in the business.

Architecture Master Prize Winner: Medium Firm of the Year

Kingston Lafferty Design were thrilled to be announced Medium Firm of the Year by Architecture Master Prize in the Residential Interior Design Category.


Architecture Master Prize 2019


KLD were delighted to be announced Architecture Master Prize (AMP) Medium Firm of the Year Award in Residential Interior Design for 2019. The award was handed out at a ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao on 14 October 2019. We are thrilled to bits with this wonderful acknowledgement of our work, and to accept the award KLD directors Róisín Lafferty and Becky Russell jetted off to Bilbao and attend a ceremony at the beautiful Guggenheim Museum on 14 October 2019.


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


KLD were awarded the accolade for their residential output over the last 10 years including many of their award-winning designs, including Bolton Coach House, Donnybrook Residence, Bushfield Residence, Ballsbridge Residence and Ranelagh Residence.

We are incredibly proud of this achievement and delighted that the hard work of Kingston Lafferty Design is being recognised. We also know we would never have gotten to this stage were it not for the talented, creative and dedicated collaborators we have worked with over the years.

Speaking of the win Creative Director, Róisín Lafferty, surmised:

“It has been an amazing decade for KLD, against all the odds and an major recession we have persevered and now all our hard work is paying off. It is always great to have our work acknowledged and we are humbled the Architecture Master Prize has paid tribute. But at KLD we are always looking forward to the next project and what is ahead and how we can bring the best out each project we undertake”



Living Room KLD Design
KLD’s Donnybrook Residence project