Laura Kirar is the founder and creative director of TRU design, a NY-based multi-disciplinary focusing on residential and commercial interiors and rebranding. Laura Kirar’s Miami studio, LKDL focuses on product design from fabric and lighting to full collections for the residential and contract markets. Named as one of “America’s Top Young Designers,” by House Beautiful in September 2003, Kirar maintains a reputation for creating elegantly refined spaces and objects. Her product design emphasizes the appeal of classic proportions and unique modern forms, revealing her incisive understanding of the decorative arts.
Under Kirar’s creative direction, TRU design has completed high-end residential & commercial interiors throughout the east coast. The firm’s portfolio includes the kitchen for the Esquire Apartment in the Trump World Tower, the Jenne Maag retail store in NYC and a rebranding project for Starwood Hotels, Westin Spa program. Kirar successfully connects talented designers, accomplished artists and knowledgeable craftsmen with her design philosophy and innovative objectives. As the creative force behind LKDL, Kirar currently holds product licenses with Kallista/Kohler Co., Baker furniture, McGuire Furniture Company, Boyd Lighting, Carnegie Fabrics, David Edward Company, Dennis Miller Associates, and Tuohy Contract Furniture.
Referring to her use of antiques in combination with custom furniture and textiles, Kirar states, “Every selected element should carry its own weight and communicate the creative idea.” Her designs maintain an elegant balance, effectively mixing a modernist sensibility with classic details and proportions.
Kirar’s designs have been profiled in House Beautiful, Interior Design, Self, Women’s Wear Daily, W Magazine, Vogue, Paper, Wallpaper Magazine, Space, Design Times, The New York Times and The New York Post , as well as numerous international publications.
After completing her degree in sculpture and interior architecture at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kirar joined the design studio of Holly Hunt. In the Chicago-based studio, she collaborated on the design of furniture, lighting and rugs that currently remain in the Holly Hunt Collection. In 1994, as a freelance designer, she joined the NY-based studio of the Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection, designing tabletop items, including flatware and accessories. Kirar later worked in high-end residential interiors as a furniture designer before founding Tru Partners, Inc. in 1999, which today is a dynamic and multi-faceted enterprise.