Laura Kirar is founder and creative director of two companies, TRU Design in New York City, specializing in high-end interior architecture and design, and LKDL (Laura Kirar Design Licensing) Miami, which focuses on product licensing and lifestyle branding. Under her direction the companies incorporate the talents of her staff and longstanding relationships with specialized vendors and manufacturers to produce projects, which combine the unique desires of her clients and express her particular vision. A designer with the soul of an artist, Kirar approaches each new project with a vitality and fervor uncommon in the industry. Each Laura Kirar/TRU project is different; however, the common thread of luxurious materials, elegant details, and timeless design remains Laura Kirar's signature.
A Fine Arts graduate from the prestigious Art Institute in Chicago, Kirar began her career in design with Holly Hunt in Chicago. After moving to New York in 1995 to work as a furniture designer in the residential interiors field and in retail design with the likes of Ralph Lauren Home, Kirar founded her firm, TRU, in 1999.
Kirar's early independent project, the Jeanne Maag store, one of the first high end boutiques in NoLiTa was published by Interior Design in 2000. The firm has continued to work on compelling projects in the following years including a Bowery loft renovation, a family compound in Rumson, New Jersey, a townhouse on the Upper West Side and the Greenwich Village apartment of a well-known Broadway actor. Kirar's diverse client list also includes a spa rebranding project for Westin Hotels and multiple product licensing awards. Her largest contract is with the Kohler Co. Interiors Group, with whom she has launched an 82-piece bath collection for Kallista, a 14-piece casual seating collection for McGuire, a complete lifestyle collection of over 70 furniture pieces for Baker, and most recently the Impressions tile collection for ANN SACKS. Her other licenses include residential and contract product with Boyd Lighting, Carnegie Fabrics, David Edward Company, Dennis Miller and Touhy Contract Furniture.
Kirar's designs have appeared in Self, Women's Wear Daily, W, Wallpaper Magazine, New York Magazine, Esquire, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Hampton's Cottages and Gardens, Interior Design and Architectural Digest.