Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.
What’s your background?
I have always had a love for design and architecture from an early age.
I have a degree in interior design from the American Institute of Interior Design and my background is primarily business with an MBA from Dublin City University.
Through my corporate roles I have had the opportunity to design and build numerous commercial spaces.
I have experience in commercial, hospitality and residential projects and ran a design business in America with a team of 15 designers.
I established Lamb Design with Emma Lynch in 2016 on returning to Ireland. We saw a gap in the Irish market and set up an online store for beautiful pared-back and carefully designed pieces.
What’s a typical workday like for you?
We have just opened a Lamb Studio and Design Hub in Delgany, Co Wicklow and, after dropping my son to school, my day starts there.
The studio was an important next step for Lamb to allow us to showcase our collection and work face-to-face with customers, designers and clients.
Every day is different depending on the projects we are working on or the customers that visit us. My main responsibilities for Lamb include strategy, funding and sourcing.
I work on finding pieces for our clients from existing suppliers or other sources globally.
In addition to my work with Lamb, I also sit on several boards including the St James Hospital Foundation and help start-ups in the renewable energy and environmental space.
Tell us about a favourite project you have worked on?
A standout for me is a commercial project I had the opportunity to work on whilst living and working in the US.
I transformed a 40,000sq ft law office into an open-plan working space and environment for a renewable energy business using primarily sustainable and recycled materials.
What’s your design style?
I like a mix of minimalistic, sophisticated and functional elements, taking inspiration from architecture and using raw materials where possible.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by nature and the environment around us.
I love the use of natural light, using natural /raw materials and bringing the outside in and inside out.
What’s your favourite trend at the moment?
I’m pleased to see the use of vintage pieces in a new design. There is certainly a trend of mixing old with new and the reuse of previously loved furniture.
We are sourcing gorgeous one-of-a-kind vintage Scandinavian pieces for our clients.
A mix of modern and vintage pieces never tires, and great art or fabulous antiques only get better with age.
What’s your most treasured possession?
I have a few that stand out and have art I have collected over the years from all corners of the globe.
My most treasured possession, however, is an 18th- century Georgian letter/stationery box my mentor gifted to me.
It was used to store little treasures and love letters and it sits on my desk with my precious keepsakes.
Your favourite designer?
As a lover of architecture, many great architects inspire me but probably most notable is Frank Lloyd Wright.
Fallingwater designed by him in 1935 is truly one of the great masterpieces of design.
Japanese architecture is strongly reflected in the design, particularly the importance of interpenetrating exterior and interior spaces and the strong emphasis placed on the harmony between humankind and nature.
Your dream project?
Over the past number of years, I have worked on designing a new home for my family. The design has been influenced by my travels, key architectural elements, natural lighting and sustainability.
Once I find the perfect location I hope to start working on making it a reality.
Have you any design tips?
Don’t underestimate the coffee table — in an open seating plan, always use a well-proportioned statement coffee table to ground the arrangement and give it a sense of place.
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Lamb Design holds its Christmas season launch on Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1, from 11am-4pm; for more details check out its website.