KLD and DFS at Maven46 Be Conference

KLD and DFS teamed up earlier this month for the Be Conference from Maven46 which was held at the beautiful Richmond event centre in Smithfield Dublin.

Part-conference and part-experiential extravaganza, ‘Be’ 2019 featured four stages (styled by KLD), 10 rooms filled with exciting surprises, and 20 inspiring female speakers to motivate and learn from. On the agenda was fashion, beauty, life and inspiration with a full day of interactive talks, live panels, masterclasses, and experiential activity—led by top females in their industries, including KLD’s own Róisín Lafferty.


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


Roisin took to the stage and told us all about her rise in the interiors industry and also gave some tips on how to make your home work for you.

But before the day, KLD designer Vicki McGahon was tasked with styling four stage areas and a chill out room with furniture provided by DFS. The location was the Richmond Event Centre which has been recently been refurbished to a beautiful standard and completely modernised, yet keeping a lot of its original features.

KLD Designer Vicki McGahon
KLD Designer Vicki McGahon


The rooms we were assigned were the Tea Room, The Banquet Room, The Lecture Room and the Auditorium. The biggest challenge was that none of these spaces actually had a stage so although we had to pick furniture for function for each of the speakers and interviewers we also had to create some sort of back drop for the eye to focus.


The Tea Room.

Probably the easiest as this room name really reflects the feel it is long with high ceilings and a beautiful balcony to the end. So much light comes into this space. The existing set up was perfect here with dark mahogany tables and chairs. So there was no question really that the Bailey deep button sofa in burgundy was the option here it complimented everything already in the space but gave an element of contrast with the deep vibrant burgundy. Then to sit along side that we chose the Lucy Chair in Blush Pink. As a finishing touch we added a beautiful cherry blossom tree to draw attention to the space and furniture.

The Tea Room Kingston Lafferty Design
Before Pic: The Tea Room


The Tea Room Stage by Kingston Lafferty Design
The Tea Room Stage


The Banquet Room,

This space is on the first floor, directly above the tea room, similar in size and flooded with light. The furniture in this space were soft pastel blue chairs which was the only colour everything else within the space was neutral soft greys and silver pendant globe lights. We very much took inspiration from the pastel blue and carried that onto our stage set and furniture selections. Scandinavian and pastel was the theme so we chose the Hoxton 3 seater in and ocean pastel green we complimented this with our 3rd pastel colour Pink and chose the Zinc armchair to sit along side this. For the stage set we actually used clothes rails and got the very talented Gingko Florists to create some amazing dried displays that we hung from the clothes rails to create that stage set. Also used here was the Isna rug from DFS in small and medium and layered them.


The Banquet Room
Before Pic: The Banquet Room


The Banquet Stage by Kingston Lafferty Design
The Banquet Stage by Kingston Lafferty Design


The Auditorium

Probably the most difficult space to create a stage the space at the top of the room was narrow and obviously with the seats rising it was going to be difficult to create impact. The windows and nearly 3m tall so it was about thinking of a way to dress the space. We decided to hang drops of fabric between the windows which very effectively changed the feel of the space. And we chose to create a linear layout of the Zania sofa with and open arm chaise end. The colour choices here reflected the fabric we used between the walls.

The Auditorium The Auditorium design by Kingston Lafferty Design
Before Pic: The Auditorium


The Auditorium by Kingston Lafferty Design
After Pic: The Auditorium


The Lecture Room.

Not the most visually appealing space of them all very much screamed lecture room. For this one being the smallest we felt a 3 seater and chair composition would overcrowd the front of the space and we opted for two of the Marl cuddlers which we love in a bluey grey leather. More of a masculine feel to this space it was darker than the rest. What I loved about this was that we just decided to do an array of floor lamps to create a back drop and it worked out amazingly we just chose the largest floor lamp from Dwell.co.uk.

Before Pic: The Lecture Room by kingston lafferty design
Before Pic: The Lecture Room


After Pic: The Lecture Room
After Pic: The Lecture Room


DFS Chill out Room

Some people are afraid to mix colour so we decided to give this space a serious pop of colour which in fact I don’t think deflected from the stunning original fire place of the vintage dresser. We chose the lovely Mya sofa from DFS’s new Sofa so Good range in a gorgeous teal wool fabric. We mixed this with navy, red, blue and some mustard it really was a statement of colour. And everyone loved it!

Before Pic: DFS Chill Out Room by Kingston Lafferty Design
Before Pic: DFS Chill Out Room


DFS Chill Out Room by KLD
DFS Chill Out Room by KLD



Here is a short video of Be Summit and the beautiful furniture from DFS and Dwell.



Our sincere thanks goes to both DFS and Dwell, their staff and crew for helping us out with this logistical feat. Thanks also to O’Carroll Consulting for bringing us all together and inviting us to be part of the event. Finally thanks to Tanya and Adina from Maven46 for organising such a wonderful summit. It was a fantastic day, inspiring and enlightening in equal measure.





Before and After Video: The Vaults Parlour

Kingston Lafferty Design are delighted to present the before and after video of  our award-winning The Vaults Parlour. The Vaults Parlour is part of The Vaults Live experience.



To find out more about our Vaults Parlour project check out The Vaults Parlour Project page.

Hatch Student Living and The Hatch Rooms

The Hatch Rooms and Hatch Student Living launch in Cork.


Hatch entrance
Hatch Reception


Hatch Cork is the flagship location for the new student living brand. In a highly competitive market, Kingston Lafferty Design were appointed to define the brand’s visual identity and tasked with creating an impactful, experiential and collaborative ground floor space, encompassing reception, co-working, chill out, study, canteen and interactive spaces to provide inhabitants with an exciting environment and ultimately to add significant value and visual appeal to the brand. KLD also consulted on the rooms, fixtures, fittings and palette, design and decoration.


Hatch Cork Kingston Lafferty Design

Nest Area including Cinema 

The Hatch Rooms and Hatch Student Living have launched in Cork city. The business model works in a similar way to co-working spaces with an entry base level cost which has additional extras to increase spend. KLD worked with the client on these aspects to increase the overall offering. These items to include gym, laundry, private cinema area, coffee kiosk, yoga studio space and a hotel offering for the summer months.

The 265-room property opened in June 2019 after having undergone an extensive €25 million upgrade.

The property at Copley Street in Cork city is controlled by Hatch Student Living with financial backing from Elkstone, a multi-family office based in Dublin. Hatch acquired the property in February 2018 and set about upgrading a co-living property for students driven by increased demand in the city.

Mirrors, Planting and Lighting used to maximise light and promote well being


The story of Hatch Copley Court was to create a happy and unique space, tailored to the students’ needs and wants by using flexible simple creative design. The vision of HATCH was to expand, create and inspire by employing a modular system and creating a template to enable HATCH to grow. This template can now be adapted to each location, creating brand recognition on a global scale.

Hatch Tunnel by Kingston Lafferty Design
Tunnel with hang out Nook



With our design we energised and brought the space to life, making it not only aesthetically pleasing but also a nice place to be. Every perfectly framed space is a performance opportunity with the immersive design imploring interaction from its users, ensuring that every day tells a different story.



A garden zone connects the outside in, frequented with olive trees, hanging plants & floors covered in grass. The connection with the outside and biophilia was important as there was a lack of natural light in certain areas. Other finishing materials such as mirrors allowed light to bounce throughout, creating infinity spaces and allowing spaces to appear larger. The use of playful shapes in acrylic & perspex, with stripes enveloping walls/ floors and ceilings along with giant lollipop lights make for a magical Willy Wonka type mood.


Hatch by Kingston Lafferty Design
Private Nook


As well as the playfulness, it has also a grown up feel with a muted colour palette in tiling and upholstery details to counterbalance the childlike, sculptural elements. The apartments & corridors are an extension of the entrance social space, carrying the same design concept throughout each apartment but adapting it to make it more liveable. The bedrooms and living spaces have complimentary finishes with a muted colour palette to contrast against the slick rich charcoal coloured joinery finishes with subtle tiling detail. The element of playfulness was carried through with colourful and sculptural pieces of furniture added in the form of chairs, rugs and lighting. Large scale architectural artwork was hung to add a sense of colour and comfort.


Hatch Cork Bedroom
Hatch Bedroom



The Hatch Rooms launched on June 19 2019.


BOdy Painted Models at launch of Hatch Cork June 2019
Our fabulous painted ladies, Abigail Russell and Dee Power, at the launch of Hatch Student Accommodation Cork


Hatch Launch with Roisin Lafferty and Becky Russell
KLD Directors, Becky Russell and Roisin Lafferty



Aisling Fitzgibbon and Fiona Stone at the launch of Hatch Student Accommodation Cork, compromising Marsh’s Yard and the Steelworks on Copley Street, Cork. Photo Kieran Harnett
KLD superstars Aisling Fitzgibbon and Fiona Stone



Hatch Launch with Kingston Lafferty Design
KLD Creative Director Roisin Lafferty with Hatch Founders Robert McNally and Richard Brierley


Getting the Hatch Rooms open on time and on budget was a major feat.  The hotel was fully booked on its first weekend. Bookings continued to be strong and right now almost all of the student accommodation has been taken. The magic of this project is how well everyone worked together. KLD’s vision was bold, daring and innovative and required a lot of specialisation and commitment. Whether it was luck or whether you make your luck, everybody came on board and shared the vision. The devil was in the detail. Now each room in the hotel has beautiful finishes, art on the wall, stylish furniture and finishes. The common area is impactful, fun, suited to its audience and caters for a range of facilities. Hatch is the next evolution in student living.


Check our this article in Wallpaper Online magazine which features the The Hatch Rooms.



Client ………………………………………………Hatch

Architects…………………………………………Reddy Architecture

Contractor ………………………………………John Paul Construction

QS & Project Management………….. KSN

Joinery ……………………………………………Greengate Joinery

3D Render ……………………………………..3D Design Bureau



Marianella Penthouse: Before and After Video

Marianella is a beautiful and luxurious development in Rathgar, Dublin City.

KLD were tasked with designing the Penthouse showroom with a focus on quality, tactility and timelessness. The refined design appeals to a wide market with a focus on craftsmanship and designer pieces that stand the test of time and eschew trends. The highly functional spaces are cohesively linked through the use of carefully designed joinery and a selection of atmospheric artwork. The overall colour and material palette exude sophistication and luxury in a calm and serene way.

Check out the video here


Bolton Coach House: Before and After Video

Our beautiful Bolton Coach House has charmed interiors lovers across the world.


Take a look at the before and after video below.



Bolton Coach House has appeared in:


Check out the Bolton Coach House project page for project information and photographs.

Dezeen Award Longlist: Emerging Interior Designer

Kingston Lafferty Design longlisted for Emerging Interior Designer at the 2019 Dezeen Awards



We are absolutely thrilled with the news that KLD has been longlisted in the Emerging Interior Designer category for the Dezeen awards 2019. We are huge fans of Dezeen and we could not be prouder to be announced in this category with other tremendous and talented designers from across the globe.

Associate Director Becky Russell and Creative Director Róisín Lafferty at Bolton Coach House
Associate Director Becky Russell and Creative Director Róisín Lafferty at Bolton Coach House


Dezeen is truly international, and this is a bucket list territory for KLD. We could not be more honoured with this tribute to our work. Commenting on the news, Founder and Creative Director Róisín Lafferty said:


” Dezeen showcases the best of design across the world and to be longlisted amongst such incredible design talents and creatives is so exciting for me and team KLD.”


To mark this wonderful news, we thought we would share a little about KLD with you.


Award-Winning Vaults Parlour in Dublin
Award-Winning Vaults Parlour in Dublin


Who we are

KLD is an award-winning Design House from Dublin. Founded in 2010 by designer Róisín Lafferty, KLD quickly made its mark as a respected Interior Architecture and Design agency in Ireland and Europe. Throughout its lifespan KLD has won numerous awards, however 2018 was an exceptional year. Róisín Lafferty won Image Interiors & Living Interior Designer of the year award, the design for Pot Bellied Pig café won at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, and the design for The Vaults Parlour won the Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail. In 2019 Róisín was announced as the new President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.


Creative Director Róisín Lafferty at Bolton Coach House


How we work
KLD think differently about design. Our designs take people on a journey, delivering fun and unexpected experiences. With a holistic approach, we study the way in which people live and work to create tactile and meaningful design, putting human behaviour at the centre of every project. We are imaginative, creative and experimental. Through our work we create spaces with feeling, meaning and character. Our work begins with a thorough understanding of the people we collaborate with. We question, we listen, we observe. Equipped with the consideration of how human life will interact with the space we develop design details that will enhance both the aesthetics and the experience.

Best Café Winner: Pot Bellied Pig


We are Experimental
AT KLD we like to push ourselves, boundaries and the limits of what is perceived possible. It has served us well. Being experimental requires an open mind, patience and thick skin. Added to this is a commitment to excellence, a willingness to succeed, resilience and a penchant to take the odd risk. We want to deliver the best for our clients, and we cannot do this alone.


Bolton Coach House Kitchen


Our standards
We are award-winning for good reason. The devil is in the detail and we aim for perfection. It is the least a client expects. We want everything to be the best, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. This has the wonderful benefit of encouraging and facilitating our partners and collaborators in their best work also.

Award winning Iconic Offices: The Brickhouse
Award winning Iconic Offices: The Brickhouse


Working with KLD
We are fun and easy-going people. Collectively, we have a great sense of humour, are open minded and love people. This translates into how we work. We enjoy a work environment where people are free to be themselves and get on with their job. Due to our own expectations and the commitment we have made to our clients, we expect the highest standard of work and finish. We are unapologetic when it comes to delivering the best. When you partner with KLD, you work with the best; a creative, diverse and experimental design team with a passion for delivering beautiful and functional spaces. We are supportive, collaborative, fair, reasonable and rational. We value design and we expect the same in return. We firmly believe our winning formula is one that brings out the best in all involved.


Living Room KLD Design
Donnybrook Residence


KLD’s work is of such a calibre that it has been featured in many Irish and international publications, including Elle Decoration, Architectural Digest, Living ETC, Italian and Australian Vogue and The Wall Street Journal


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


“We demand excellence of ourselves. We expect excellence from others. We deliver excellence to our clients.”


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