Design LSM Co-Founder Steve La Bouchardiere dies

March 1, 2023

(UK) – Co-Founder of DesignLSM Steve La Bouchardiere has passed away aged 67.

Brighton-based multi-disciplinary studio DesignLSM was co-founded by La Bouchardiere and Simon McCarthy in 1988. The studio is best known for its high-profile hospitality designs, creating strategy, branding, architecture and interior design services for this sector.

Over the last 36 years, the studio has grown around its co-founders’ enthused passion for creating inspiring hospitality spaces. Embarking on the role of Managing Director since Steve stepped down, Holly Hallam has driven and built up the studio’s strategy service, bringing her considerable experience to the industry, and creating unique consumer engagement strategies for DesignLSM’s clients.

McCarthy says of his friend’s passing: “It’s with complete sadness that I have to let everyone know that my great friend and business partner for over 35 years, Steve, sadly and suddenly passed away Wednesday afternoon after losing his battle with cancer. Words are too difficult to describe how sorely missed his massive personality will have on me.
“I thank him for being a great friend and a strong advisor to me and many of our team and clients through the years he steered DesignLSM. We send our love to Becky and the family. May he rest in loving peace.”

Holly Hallam, Managing Director and Rachel Pratt, Studio Director, add: “The DesignLSM team, especially Rachel and I, are indebted to Steve for the many years he spent building and driving forward DesignLSM successfully. His experience and knowledge of the industry was vast, which he generously shared with us all. Steve had a unique ability through his humour, kindness and wit to make everyone feel at ease in any situation. Through his infectious passion, enthusiasm and fondness for the hospitality industry, he made many great friends and memories with the clients and suppliers he encountered.
“Rachel and I will always be grateful for the opportunities and skills he provided us, and our team, with and we intend to honour his legacy through the future of DesignLSM. His vibrant, kind and fun-loving spirit will be missed by us all.”