House and Home Interior Influence Award 2019: Interior Designer Award
14th November 2019
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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.
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 HomeInterior 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.
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.”
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.
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
24th October 2019
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Kingston Lafferty Design were thrilled to be announced Medium Firm of the Year by Architecture Master Prize in the Residential Interior Design Category.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 sofafrom 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!
Here is a short video of Be Summit and the beautiful furniture from DFSand 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.
We are all over the moon at Kingston Lafferty Design this week. Our Vaults Parlour project has won a prestigious award at Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in London.
Our design won in the international and highly competitive category called In Another Space. The award celebrates restaurants, bars or cafés that are In Another Space, in this case The Vaults Live in Dublin.
The Vaults Parlour was the only nominated Irish project in this year’s awards and we found ourselves in a David and Goliath scenario, competing alongside more high-profile design projects with larger budgets. However, the omens were good with creative director Róisín Lafferty and associate director Becky Russell collecting the coveted prize.
It is the second year in a row that KLD have won at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, having won last year for our Pot Bellied Pig Design.
The Vaults Live is an innovative and theatrical large-scale tourist attraction located in the heart of Dublin City, offering a unique and exhilarating tour and experience by taking the visitor on a journey throughout the most scandalous and exciting tales of Irish history in a stunningly renovated original 4 storey Victorian building. The experience includes stunning 360° sets, state of the art lighting, lavish costumes and special effects. We were contacted by the client midway through the overall development of the Vaults Live to design a café parlour and retail space that visitors are brought into at the end of the one-hour experience.
Space was a combination of the original building and a new irregularly curved contemporary extension, providing a mixed style foundation to work with. We needed to marry old Victorian vaults with new extension while maintaining character and cohesion.
KLD embraced whimsy, playfulness and timelessness by juxtaposing old and new. The redbrick walls of the original arches frame the space beautifully while the white cabinetry exudes luxury. The chequered floor of the café contrasts beautifully with poured concrete flooring of retail display area while the bespoke banquette seating provides luxurious comfort while the wallpaper adds a homely and rustic feel.
The Hatch Rooms and Hatch Student Living launch in Cork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hatch Rooms launched on June 19 2019.
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.