East London Hotel restaurant by Occa Design Studio

Our Founder Kate Mooney

Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life…

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In the beginning

Originally established by Kate Mooney in 2003, Occa started life as a small, architectural and interior design consultancy with just four designers. Leveraging her rich background in hotel design, operations and procurement, Kate’s ambition was to develop a team of multi-disciplinary creatives with a passion for design & innovation. Her vision was to build a contemporary design studio delivering transformative projects that in turn make a positive impact on client’s and their guests, families and firms.


Occa embarked on an exciting journey over the following years, building a reputation for using creativity & technology to deliver beautiful projects across a portfolio of global hotel, residential and commercial projects. Daring to disrupt and challenge the status quo, we continually evolve our business and our services in response to our clients’ developments and the rapidly changing world of interior design.

Today, we’re proud to work with amazing clients on amazing projects around the world. We are a passionate and multi-disciplined team and our collaborative work culture is the key to our success. We thrive on working closely with each other, our clients, our suppliers, and the wider design teams – because we know that together, we can achieve more.

Creating a narrative between the property and its relationship with the interior, we believe in storytelling through design to create timeless & meaningful experiences.

The Faces Behind it All Team Occa

Meet our exceptionally talented team of designers, creatives, buyers & procurement experts. These are the awsome guys with the amazing talents that bring all our projects together…

  1. Kate Mooney

    Occa Founder

    With a background in architecture and thirty years’ experience in interior design, Kate has a wealth of knowledge in hotel & residential design and the associated supply chain. She has a track record of leveraging technology &  innovation to solve project challenges and loves nothing more than delivering transformative projects that make a positive difference to her client’s lives and organisations

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  2. Karen Moon

    Director of Procurement

    Karen has over 20 years’ experience in buying and merchandising functions and a degree in Business Economics. With her sound financial disciplines & commercial expertise, Karen is responsible for financial budgeting, controls and real time reporting across the Occa portfolio, ensuring client’s benefit from her strict “no surprises” policy.

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  3. Lauren Welsh

    Senior FF&E Buyer

    Educated to degree level and with over 10 years’ experience in Buying, Lauren’s product knowledge, commercial awareness & negotiation skills make her a force to be reckoned with. Through regularly attending international trade shows & pouring over the latest supplier collections, Lauren keeps her finger on the pulse with what’s new in the industry.

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  4. Emma Rintoul

    Interior Designer

    With over seven year experience within the industry Emma’s a skilled designer who’s worked primarily in hospitality and residential design, developing many branded and independent hotels, working through initial concept stages, to producing detailed drawing packages for tender and construction and completing projects on site.

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  5. Jennifer McIntyre

    Interior Designer

    Jennifer has first class honours degree in interior design and over ten years’ experience working in branded hospitality projects across many global hotel brands. A skilled problem solver and space planner, Jennifer specialises in creating designs that flow effortlessly across a property, both operationally and from a guest experience.

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  6. Zoe Mercer

    Interior designer

    A first class honours graduate, Zoe has gained nearly four years industry experience, working in a mix of large design offices & small independent design studios. A talented designer who’s highly skilled in drawing packages and presentations, Zoe loves working on bespoke bars & restaurants & high-end residential projects.

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  7. Robert Paton

    Design Associate

    A qualified interior designer with significant architectural experience, Rob has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. With a particular interest in conservation, contemporary interiors & lighting design, Rob’s gained a breadth of experience resulting in the completion of many high-quality projects over a wide range of sectors.

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  8. Jim Dandie

    Furniture Designer

    With over 25 years’ experience as a qualified interior designer, Jim’s love of problem solving, attention to detail and beautiful finishes, results in striking furnishings & designs on our projects. Highly skilled in the area, he specialises in shopfitting and cabinet making, confidently taking initial concept sketches through to finished production items.

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  9. Jessica Hall

    Procurement Admin

    With a Bsc in Fashion & Textiles Business and an aptitude for numbers, Jess brings her creative thinking and commercial acumen to the the procurement team. Continually reviewing and improving processes she ensure Occa’s order admin and logistics services run like clockwork, while shipping products globally to meet project demands.

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