Imagine a new-build apartment, its kitchen a bland, uninspiring white box. Try to marry that with the style of a dynamic young couple, Brona and Tom Karlsson, and their love of socialising, and it’s not difficult to see why they desired a new room design. ‘Brona and Tom wanted to add some fun and design flair to the kitchen,’ explains Roisín Lafferty, managing director of Kingston Lafferty Design, who was called in to undertake the interior design of the three-bedroom apartment in East London. ‘Brona is from Ireland, Tom from Finland, and they both have busy jobs in finance, so my brief was to create a cooking-dining area that felt like a buzzing restaurant, with colour and energy to reflect their personalities, lifestyle and some of the vibrant style of Hackney,’ she says.


Roisín’s starting point was to create the most spacious feel. Three distinct zones ensure that the design is functional, as well as attractive: one wall is used for tall cabinets and the sink area, with a central island bar and cooking zone overlooking a dining area with banquette seating. ‘I wanted to provide as much storage, with hidden appliances, as possible to create a clean, sleek feel,’ explains Roisín, ‘but at the same time, we needed to add warmth and texture, which is why we designed the copper pipe feature over the island.’ This also includes in-built lighting to illuminate the island.



An inspired mix of cement and metro tiles, chevron flooring and marble add to the copper detailing and create lots of interest, as do mirrors which reflect light and boost the sense of space. Handleless cabinetry painted in minty green creates an unfussy backdrop. ‘We chose a playful colour which works well with the copper elements in the room,’ says Roisín. And the finishing touches? Copper pendant lights and a neon-framed mirror. ‘They make a small room really stand out,’ she says.


Award-winning interior architect and designer Roisín specialises in both residential and commercial projects, primarily in Dublin and London. Her artistic flair and natural vibrancy are coupled with a passion for space planning, to improve the experience of every interior, all the way through to the finest details of decoration.


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Pictures by Barbara Corsico and Lind & Cumings Design Photography


Article by: Amelia Thorpe