Middlesbrough-based interior design specialist Cocoon & Bauer is celebrating after expanding its team following a period of rapid of growth. Providing interior design services for residential, commercial and hospitality sectors, Cocoon & Bauer has employed a further two interior designers to support its growing base of local and national clients.

Cocoon & Bauer was set up by Teesside University Graduate, Peter Turner, after spotting a gap in the market for commercial, hospitality and high-end interior residential design.  He decided the time was right to move back to the Tees Valley after spending ten years at a Yorkshire-based commercial interior design company.

Peter Turner said: “The Tees Valley is a hotbed of growth at the moment, with such vibrancy, ambition and positivity.  I decided on the Tees Valley as a location for my business because I not only saw a gap in the market for our interior design services, but also the area is the perfect base for us, with having fantastic travel links to our clients nationwide.”

After a successful first year and series of new commercial client wins and expansion of residential interior design services, the time was right to carry out the next phase of planned growth by expanding his team of interior designers. Josh Ryan and Casey Hall have been brought in to assist in the delivery of interior design services for Cocoon & Bauer’s customers. Casey brings a wealth of experience, previously working in the interior design department of architects and has a passion for residential interior design. Josh, recently shortlisted for an RSA design award, has broad interior design knowledge and along with design, strengthens the business’ 3D visualization services.

Peter continued “As a former Teesside University student, studying Interior Architecture, I worked closely with the university to identify current students and graduates that had the flair and potential to be assets to my team.  The interiors courses at Teesside University are some of the best in the country and produce some of the country’s most progressive and skilled designers. Both Josh and Casey both have different strengths that really complement the services Cocoon & Bauer offers.

Reflecting on the company’s first year, Peter said “Good design isn’t inflicting your ideas on to people. If we are designing a residential project, it’s important to understand people’s personalities and tastes and how they want to live in a space. If we are creating a scheme for a commercial client, it’s understanding a company’s values, heritage and what type of working atmosphere it looks to create for its employees. This approach, along with the friendly and honest way we deliver projects, is why we are seeing customers come back to us time and time again.”

The company has worked closely with some of the Tees Valley’s leading businesses, as well as companies across the UK, including Michelin-starred restaurants.  The expanded residential interior design service has also seen the company deliver projects at some of the most prestigious addresses in the area.