dfsFascia150Sofa chain DFS says in-house design remains crucial to the retailer following changes within its East Midlands based design department.

The upholstery retailer confirmed that design director Scott Coggan and his wife — and creative partner — Helen Coggan had decided to leave.

In a statement, DFS said: “We'd like to thank them for their contribution over the past 11 years in helping DFS offer excellent quality, well designed and great value for money sofas to UK consumers. They've been a great asset to the design team and we wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.”

Philip Watkin, DFS’ other design director, is the line manager for the team at the Doncaster-headquartered retailer’s Long Eaton office.

DFS added: “Our own in-house team remains a crucial part of our UK design and manufacturing offering and the 22-strong design and development team will continue to work directly into our other design director, Philip Watkin, under the leadership of recently appointed chief commercial officer Nick Collard.”

Neither Mr or Mrs Coggan could be reached for comment but they are expected to remain in the upholstery sector according to sofa suppliers contacted by The Furnishing Report.

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