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2021: The Year in Review

For many people, the start of a new year is time for both celebration and reflection and, at Layrd Design, we’re no different. Join us as we share some of our highlights from the past 12 months, before looking ahead at what’s in store for 2022.



No one will forget the year that began in lockdown. Most of us were working from home, with all of the challenges that entailed, while getting through the coldest, darkest months of the year.

But there were reasons to be cheerful.

Not least because we completed work at Taank Optometrists in Cambridge. Combining retail, office and residential space, we managed the entire project, from design to completion. Although the final phases required strict social distancing measures to be observed, we handed over the project on time in January.

In addition, we were delighted to welcome Junior Designer Bella Elsworth to the team in early 2021. Since joining the company, Bella has provided support on a wide range of projects, including selecting the finishing touches for Taank.


As the mercury nudged its way higher, the UK’s Covid restrictions began to ease. And what followed was a flurry of new projects, including Riverlane and Queens College, both located in Cambridge.

Riverlane is a rapidly growing quantum computing company, which was expanding its office space in the city. They wanted to create a modern, functional space that encouraged employee collaboration while remaining in keeping with its brand, which we helped them to achieve.

The Queens College Cambridge project, on the other hand, saw us design the interior scheme and supply all furniture items for a large student study space.


With life returning to (almost) normal, we were pleased to move into our very own studio at Cambridge Innovation Park in Waterbeach, where the Layrd Design team could all work together.

As many workers returned to their offices, we also spotted an interior design trend developing, with organisations looking to incorporate social spaces within their workplaces. These areas were designed where employees could meet, chat and share ideas, fostering a sense of community within the business. The trend continued through to the end of the year and is likely to remain throughout 2022.


The latter end of the year was packed with activity for the Layrd Design team. Not only did we sponsor the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce B2B Exhibition in October, supplying furniture, plants, lighting and greenery, but we also launched a competition to win an interior design review.

Founder Will Mayes also attended the IBID Interior Design Awards, having been shortlisted for a prestigious Commercial Design Award for the studio’s work at Taank. Although we didn’t take home the top prize, it was a fantastic opportunity to network with other designers and to gain inspiration for future projects.

As if that wasn’t enough, Interior Designer Eleanor Penny joined the business. Her skills will allow us to grow further, taking on more exciting projects for clients across the UK.

Looking Ahead

Although we’re only in January, 2022 is set to be packed with exciting projects. We already have projects for a gym, a hair salon, a coworking space and a hospitality venue in the pipeline and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!

Will Mayes, founder of Layrd Design says: “Although 2021 had its ups and its downs, Layrd Design has had a fantastic year, not only working with inspiring businesses but also growing rapidly. I’m looking forward to reporting back on our progress this time next year.”

Plus, we’re also planning our very first Layrd Design event for early 2022, so keep your eyes on our social media channels for more details.

Kickstart your year with us

Want to start the new year with a fresh new look? We’d love to help. Simply get in touch with the team to book a consultation today!

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