Grand designs at home and work

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Thriving interior design company Cocoon & Bauer has experienced quite a journey in 2020.

For not only did the work keep rolling in, despite Covid-19 restrictions and a frustrating, industry-wide backlog in the supply of materials, but its residential side has surged from 30% of the business at the start of the year to about 70% now.

And company founder, former Teesside University graduate Peter Turner, thinks he knows why.

He said: “It’s been a really successful year. The residential side has taken off because people have had more disposable income. They’ve not been spending thousands on holidays – they’ve been sat in their houses, thinking how they’d like to improve them!”

The firm uses impressive 3D visuals to help clients gauge how their transformations may look.

To help with the extra business, Peter has expanded his team, with interior designers Josh Ryan and Casey Hall now joined by office manager Penny Wells.

And moving into their shop at 21 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, having previously been in Boho 5, has proved a big success.

Peter said: “People are more comfortable coming into a shop rather than an office environment, so the move to Albert Road has been ideal.

“It’s given us a chance to show what we can do, but in a more relaxed shop setting.”

And it’s an offering which continues to appeal to commercial, as well as residential, clients.

“We’ve done the design and provided some of the features and fittings for the Dudley Arms’ new coffee shop at Ingleby Greenhow. And we’ve been working with Simon Fletcher at Pinchinthorpe Hall for when they open their restaurant side again – everything from the colours and roman blinds to new lighting and even the table tops.”

Other commercial projects include an Albert Road office for software firm Big Bite, Cleveland Cable’s HQ on Riverside Park and a bar in Leeds.

Peter added: “It’s looking good for 2021. We’ll keep ticking along nicely and have organised the business to cope well with the added demand.

“Now we just need to keep offering a great service to our customers – and I know that’s what we’ll do.”