Interior Designer of the Year 2018, Róisín Lafferty

Winning Interior Designer of the year at the Image Interiors & Living Awards two weeks ago was a very surreal experience. We are so busy at the moment with current projects and new ventures that it is sometimes impossible to take some time to reflect. The afternoon of the awards provided the perfect opportunity to do so.

Beautiful cabinetry and retail display, The Vaults
Beautiful cabinetry and retail display, The Vaults


I had been looking forward to the awards ceremony for a number of weeks, it is always nice to see friendly faces, old friends and meet new people who share my passion. This year I was up for Instagrammer of the year and Interior Designer of the year, two competitive categories.

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The Vaults parlour, café and retail space opening October 2018


The interior designer category was made up of some of the best in the business, and not to sound clichéd, but it was an honour to be in such company. It was such a strong category with every nominee truly deserving of the win. I am extremely proud of the work we have done at KLD over the last year and when I found out I won, it was a wonderful and welcome surprise. These days you can’t take anything for granted, nothing is set in stone and quite simply anything can happen.

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Marble reception of 2018 Dezeen Awards longlisted Thérapie


Winning the award is the icing on the cake of what has been a great year for KLD, a testament to all our hard-working and talented designers and colleagues who make everything happen. Our designs for Urbana and Therapie were both longlisted for the inaugural Dezeen Awards 2018 and our Vaults design has been shortlisted for the Fit Out Awards 2018.

Urbana, longlisted for 2018 Dezeen Awards


“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda


DFS Colour Happiness 2018 at the Chocolate Factory


Speaking of which, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and commitment over the last 12 months. I feel lucky to have such a dedicated and talented team around me and of course this award is for everyone at KLD. I am very proud of Kingston Lafferty Design and what we have achieved, especially in the last year.

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Team KLD rocking the sleepover look at DFS Colour Happiness, May 2018


This is also a good opportunity to thank all our collaborators, suppliers and of course clients. KLD wouldn’t be where we are today without their hard work and commitment to our cause, which is quite simply to design beautiful and functional spaces for people to enjoy.

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Fleetwood Paints Stand at House Event, May 2018


We have a lot of plans at KLD, we are always looking at what is next, what the future holds. You can never rest on your laurels. There is a quote that I love, and I try to embrace it as much as I can in all I do: “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda


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Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2018 shortlisted Pot Bellied Pig, Rathmines


The photos in the blog are from a selection of projects we have completed or which have been nominated for awards in the last 12 months. Included is The Vaults which opens its doors this October.  Also one close to our hearts is the Pot Bellied Pig, which is shortlisted in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2018, with the winner being announced this week in London. Other photos featured include our collaborations with DFS and Fleetwood Paints as well as our beautiful design for Abbey Capital Offices and 2018 Dezeen award longlisted, Urbana and Thérapie.

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Design for Abbey Capital, 2018


We have some very exciting projects coming up including the design of the new Cinammon Restaurant in Ballsbridge and Hatch student accommodation in Cork, watch this space.