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Róisín Lafferty, IDI’s new President, takes up her new role at IDI AGM

IDI is delighted to announce leading designer Róisín Lafferty as its new president.

IDI is now led by award-winning designer Róisín Lafferty, Founder and Creative Director of Kingston Lafferty Design, a celebrated interior architecture and design agency with a track record of projects in Ireland, the UK and beyond. She is Image Interiors & Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the year.

Kirk McCormack, our Outgoing President, handed over the formal chain of office to her at a meeting in Dublin on July 4th and said that IDI should be really excited to hand over a 'wonderful design talent and a great design influencer' and that he would support Róisín in her year.

Earlier tributes were paid to Kirk's service to the Institute and contribution made to IDI, especially over the past 12 months in re-organising structures and setting finances in a far better and more solid footing. Board Member Kim Mackenzie Doyle said that Kirk made 'an immense contribution' and built structures that 'set IDI for success in the future' and that 'he deserved much credit for the way he led IDI in the past year'.

Róisín. who will lead IDI for 12 months, expressed 'delight' and being 'a tad nervous' in filling the shoes of prervious presidents and said that 'creativity will be at the core' of her year and the promotion of the great design talent in Ireland as one of her key aims.

She has received a string of prestigious accolades, including best café design at the 2018 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards and best retail design at the 2018 Fit Out Awards. She also received the Emerging Talent Award at the 2017 KPMG Excellence in Property Awards, while in 2018, two of her projects were longlisted for the inaugural Dezeen Awards. She is brand ambassador for DFS and Fleetwood Paints. Róisín is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading creative personalities, with a monthly column in the Sunday Business Post. Her work has been featured in many Irish and international publications, including Architectural Digest, Living ETC, Italian and Australian Vogue and The Wall Street Journal.