Category Archives: Healthcare

Why colour has the power to bring us joy

Have you ever associated colour with joy? Have you ever noticed that certain shapes, patterns, design styles make you feel happier than others?

This is the subject of a really fantastic Ted2018 talk by a woman named Ingrid Fetell Lee’s Where joy hides and how to find it (if you haven’t seen the video you’ll be able to view it at the end of this article).

Ingrid shares her journey of discovery into what joy is and where it lives – “How do things make us feel joy? How do tangible things make us feel intangible joy?”

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Introducing… the Wellbeing Colour Wheel Tool and Framework

Last week I spent three days at Clerkenwell Design Week. Now into its 9th year, it’s definitely one of the highlights on the global design calendar.

It’s also one of my favourites as it has a real festival feel to it and for me this year was even more exciting because I officially launched my new Wellbeing Colour Wheel in collaboration with the prestigious 100-year-old flooring brand, Altro, where I selected colours from their current product range based around the concept of Creating mindful interiors for wellbeing spaces – going beyond the grey.

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how colourful plants can help reduce workplace stress

Growing up our house was full of plants which is no surprise given my mother is Dutch… Boy, do they love their indoor plants. I definitely picked up my mother’s love of plants as every house I’ve lived in, no matter where in the world I was based one of the first things I did was go down to the local markets and buy as many plants as I could carry to bring life and bursts of colour into my home.

And back when I worked in an office (in my corporate days) I would often find myself bringing in a colourful pot plant or two to lift my spirits and bring in some joy.

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Thomas Pocklington – Homes and living spaces for people with sight loss: a guide for interior designers

Thomas Pocklington - Homes and living spaces for people with sight loss - a guide for interior designers

Wednesday night was the launch of the first in a series of professional guides from the charity Thomas Pocklington. The guide’s author, Jacqui Smith, an interior designer, lost the sight in her left in 2012. She realised there was a need for a guide to be written and approached Thomas Pocklington. The result is the Homes and living spaces for people with sight loss: a guide for interior designers.

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care show SBID panel discussion: The Colour of Healthcare design

Care Show - SBID panel discussion The Colour of Healthcare design

This year’s Care Show are packed with great talks, group discussions and presentations at both the Keynote Theatre and the Dementia Care Seminar Theatre with the one aim: to improve healthcare design in UK.

This year five members of the SBID (Society of British and International Design) Healthcare Design Advisory Council will come together to discuss ‘The Colour of Healthcare Design’.

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