Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD) has revealed their scheme for Fitzgerald Clinic in Dublin, conceived to creates a sense of “serenity amidst our hectic and fast-paced lives”. The design reflects the ethos of the skin clinic, designers outlining that they have, “created an environment that captures this essence of calm and quiet, of refined luxury and indulgence in a subtle and comforting way while showcasing excellence and high-end service and product”.
Contrasting textures become the defining feature within the interior. Rough, organic stone sits alongside terracotta-coloured surfaces, bringing warmth to the scheme. The shimmering form of the staircase is much more than purely functional. Its silver-clad body transforms from the stair into a shelving unit, introducing a futuristic language within the space.
“The [overall] tone is soft and cocooning, relaxed, inviting, and light,” says Roisin Lafferty, founder & creative director of KLD. “The palette will take reference from the elements in nature, water, air and precious materials with subtle references to the delicacy and fragility of beauty and skin in an authentic way, drawing on tactility layering fabrics, glass and stone”. She goes on to explain that “good designing is about balance and harmony. We sought to achieve this by contrasting the hard, raw elements with femininity and softness to cocoon and comfort.”
Treatment rooms unfold with a paired back, minimalist feel. The only colour comes from tiny ocean-blue specks found hidden within the terrazzo tiled floors. Mirrored surfaces reflect stainless steel services and the grey-toned cabinet doors. Arches become a repeated motif throughout the design, softening the futuristic material palette.
“For me, small, confined spaces can often be the most exciting with the most potential,” says Lafferty. “There is pleasure facing the challenge of spatial restrictions and fulfilling multiple functionalities as well as resulting in a harmonious atmosphere. It makes the project begin like a jigsaw that needs to be figured out. The size of this space was very small so every detail became even more important to get right as every detail is on show.”
In a climate where self-care is becoming more of a focus, KLD’s Fitzgerald Clinic creates an environment where customers can put themselves first, encouraging us all to look after our most important companion – ourselves.