Case Study

Bourgee Southend


REF: 14-1057

The Brief

Mark Baumann, who runs Baumann’s Brasserie in Coggeshall, and business partner James Welling, had a strong desire to create a new restaurant in this seafront location. The aim to be to deliver a venue serving fantastic food at great value, alongside first class yet unfussy service…all set in great surroundings……. With an initial design concept by Wests, Craftwood worked very closely with the clients and RDD to help realise the vision in terms of the environment.

  • Tick iconEssex
  • Tick iconBanquette Seating
  • Tick iconBench Seating
  • Tick iconPlain Back
  • Tick iconCapping
  • Tick iconPlinths

Interior Design

Bourgee Restaurants, Wests, RDD Shopfitters and Craftwood Interiors

The Solution

The large site has been cleverly zoned with a restaurant area to both ends of the site with the bar in the centre making a focal point. A water wall creates a wow as you walk in, setting up a certain level of anticipation. A beige faux leather material with “pony print” has been used on all the fixed seating and chairs to great effect. A completely different look being achieved between day and night simply by the way the light works on the material. Opposite the bar sits a banquette which uses a low back to make sure that best use of light from the tall windows behind are made…this seating was designed with a deeper seat and lower seat height creating a more loungy sit. Craftwood also provided the stool pads in a snake-skin effect faux for the custom-made bar stools.


The main restaurant area has a central area of 3 circular booths. The seating here has higher backs to give a higher level of privacy but without being so high a to obscure the vista across the venue. Following the perimeter of the area is a long run of banquette with curves added in create added interest and break up the area.


A similar seating style has been used at the front of the venue but with lower backs. Additionally Craftwood created some custom-made dining sofas in this area which have become very popular with guests.


The results are fantastic as we think you will see from the photos! And the venue is certainly proving very popular with guests.

“Craftwood were a delight to work with and took the time required to fully understand our needs. The final product is visually stunning and durability has been superb. We look forward to working with them on future projects”

James Welling Director

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