Havas-owned Conran Design Group has denied reports that it will cut its interiors arm amid a raft of job cuts that includes the ousting of design director Barrie Legg (pictured right).
The 3D team, that consisted of eight designers, has been slashed by half after the axing of four interior staff jobs. Those also leaving are design director Robert Millar, and designers Robert Thake and Rose Wilkinson.
The shake-up has sparked industry concern that CDG may be planning to pull out of interior design work, but a spokeswoman for the group says, ‘This absolutely will not happen.’
Of the job cuts, David Worthington, managing director of Conran Design Group, says ‘We have recently restructured our business to better reflect our income streams and our clients needs. Sadly, this resulted in four of our interior staff leaving the business.’
However, CDG says that it is planning to recruit more graphic designers in the immediate future.
Legg joined the group four years ago and has carried out a wide range of design projects that saw him working closely with David Chaloner, who left the group to join Terrance Conran’s design consultancy Conran &Partners as interior and retail director this summer (DW 3 June).
Legg explains, ‘Many years working at CDG with some interesting clients has come to a natural end for all of us.
‘I will take some time to consider my next move.’