An article published in the current issue of Building Ireland magazine, featuring some of our work alongside the talented and multi-award winning designer, Roisin Lafferty of Kingston | Lafferty Design.
The awards keep rolling in for Roisin Lafferty and her interior architecture and design company, Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD). With the help of a team of talented designers, contractors and craftsmen, she has received a string of prestigious accolades, including the awards for Young Fit Out Designer of the Year and Residential Project of the Year at the 2015 Fit Out Awards, numerous IDI Awards for both residential and commercial projects, and the Emerging Talent Award at the 2017 Property Industry Awards, which she shared with Joe McGinley of Iconic Offices.
Roisin received her latest award at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, which were attended by over 800 of Ireland’s leading property professionals at Dublin’s Convention Centre last November. More than 120 shortlisted nominations were considered across 11 categories by a judging panel that included Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, Carole Pollard, President of RIAI, Pat Davitt, CEO of IPVA and Tom Parlon, Director-General of the CIF.
The Emerging Talent Award was one of the most coveted Roisin has received to date. The young interior designer from Goatstown says it was a “happy coincidence” that Joe McGinley was also honoured with the same award given that they had worked together on three large office fit out projects over the last three years in Dublin, namely The Greenway, The Brickhouse and South Point Office.
The South Point Office design was Iconic Offices’ largest fit out yet. The brief for this project was to push the boundaries of what a co-working space could be. In order to do this, the design team drew influence from the hospitality industry, in particular the design of boutique hotels. The project was as such an opportunity for KLD to express strong creativity and create a multitude of environments within one building.
The KLD design team worked closely with Iconic Offices and contractors NSBS to achieve a design that was both inspiring and visually strong, as well as completely functionally and technically sound. One of the main challenges of this design was the push to create a space where nothing is compromised. This was especially important given that the project had a very tight time-frame for completion.
As an award-winning Irish interior architecture, interior design and graphic design company, KLD has worked on an exciting array of projects across Ireland, the UK and Europe. A firm believer in the power of creative collaboration, Roisin founded the company in 2009 along with Susanna Kingston – a year before they both graduated from Kingston University in London. Susanna left three years later to pursue other interests.
Given the difficult economic climate that prevailed back then, Roisin needed a clear vision, coupled with a lot of determination and hard work, to get to where she is today. From a young age, artistic flair has been her talent. All she ever wanted to do was work in design, and when the time came to study in her chosen field she excelled: achieving first class honours in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from DIT. She went on to do a Masters in Product & Spatial Design in Kingston University where she was also awarded first class honours and presented her final project as part of renowned design exhibition, Tent, London.
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