A Teesside-based designer has opened a new studio, showcasing everything from complete room displays and a luxurious free-standing natural stone bath to designer wallpapers, as she expands her business.
Diana Higgs set up Revere Interior & Architectural Design Ltd in 2014 at the Innovation Centre run by UK Steel Enterprise on Redcar’s Kirkleatham Business Park. It has proved so successful that she has now taken on additional space.The traditional workshop, part of which was previously used by an engineering company, has been transformed into a luxury apartment. An open plan living room doubles as a waiting room for clients, the bathroom features a top-of-the-range cast resin stone Karamag Mattis bath and the kitchen has the very latest in fittings and accessories, from a hot water kettle tap to a multi-function coffee machine.
The traditional workshop, part of which was previously used by an engineering company, has been transformed into a luxury apartment. An open plan living room doubles as a waiting room for clients, the bathroom features a top-of-the-range cast resin stone Karamag Mattis bath and the kitchen has the very latest in fittings and accessories, from a hot water kettle tap to a multi-function coffee machine.
The workshop ceiling has been specially lowered and other areas show a feature chimney, designer radiators and lighting. A sample room is filled with wallpapers, fabrics, paints, doors and tiles and Diana works at a bespoke design station.
“We have invested thousands of pounds into this project and everything needed to be exactly as I wanted it, right down to the last detail,” said Diana. “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to include artwork by local artists and all our cushions are hand-made by local seamstress, Eliza Jean, using fabrics from our range.”
The company’s growing number of commissions range from full structural home refurbishments to individual kitchens and it has also moved into commercial projects, undertaking several projects for coffee shops, restaurants and the education sector. Revere’s quality suppliers include UK furniture manufacturer Crown Imperial, Karamag, Harlequin, Zoffany and Casadeco.
“The past couple of years have been hard work but we have made tremendous progress,” said Diana, whose bank of builders, joiners, electricians and others who work on Revere’s major projects has also grown.
“I am thrilled with the studio and the larger workshop has given us the additional storage space we badly needed with direct access for deliveries. The Innovation Centre is a great place to be and UK Steel Enterprise pulled out all the stops for me when I needed to expand. The support is just what smaller businesses need as they grow.
“I am seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to work with an independent designer so that they can be sure their needs and budgets take priority and a fixed fee design package we introduced is proving really popular.”
Sue Kirk of UK Steel Enterprise, the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, said: “Diana’s business has done extremely well in a short space of time and we were only too pleased to help with the extra space that she needed. We have around 40 growing businesses here and it is a supportive environment – along with her neighbouring tenants we were delighted to be asked to help celebrate the launch of the new studio.”
Photo: Sue Kirk of UK Steel Enterprise (left) with Diana Higgs in Revere Interior & Architectural Design’s new studio at the Innovation Centre.