houseologySMLUXURY furniture and design retailer Houseology has appointed a replacement for founder and CEO Kate Mooney, who has left the retailer to focus on separate business interests.

The Furnishing Report understands that Andy Russell, who runs Edinburgh based commercial furniture dealership Bureau, will be confirmed as its new CEO.

The office furniture dealer is thought to have become part of the Houseology Design Group. The retailer said yesterday that it will release a statement about the changes imminently.

Kate Mooney founded Occa Design, a Glasgow based architectural and interior design practice, back in 2003. It later diversified into high-end furniture and interior design ecommerce, adding the Occa Home brand for its retail side.

Occa Home was later rebranded as Houseology, its current trading name. Occa Design, the interior design and architecture arm, continued under the same corporate umbrella, and retains clients including important hotel customers.

Ms Mooney is understood to have acquired the rights to the Occa Design business and will continue the practice, trading through a newly created company, separate from Houseology. Occa Design’s team is expected to move with Ms Mooney, with the business to trade from new offices.

Both divisions — the retail arm and the design business — had previously been co-located at Speirs Wharf in Glasgow.

Corporate filings suggest Houseology Design Group raised a further £1.8 million via a share allotment towards the back end of 2016. It is not known if that was related to other events, or if this was the total amount actually achieved.

High profile Houseology backers include former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy and William Currie Group, while the retailer has also raised funds from Crowdfunding source Seedrs.