Interior design

Brownie/GirlGuide blanket

some incredible old team photographs, a signed cricket bat as well as a vintage cricket sweater, all framed to suit the pub style of the scheme.

The cricket theme could very easily translate to a corridor space with the addition of, perhaps, a timeline for the cricket club, noting significant dates in its history.

Retro vintage

Framing vintage catalogues, magazine spreads, books or knitting patterns can provide another sustainable and cost- effective way of producing engaging art. For example, an extra care scheme we designed in Reading - featuring some incredibly long corridors - included some 1970s seed catalogues that we found on eBay.

Suttons Seeds started life in Reading so one of the corridor wings took on this

theme with old black-and-white images of the original headquarters, an historical timeline detailing key points in the company’s past, botanical art and spreads from flower and vegetable pages. It took me right back to my childhood where I would sit in my father’s greenhouse, soaking up the warmth and the comforting scent of tomato plants, flicking through the Suttons Seeds catalogue, helping him make his selections for the next season. At Henley Manor, as part of the craft- themed lounge and corridor end in one wing of the dementia community, we framed old Patons and Sirdar knitting patterns as well as copies of 1960s and 1970s women’s magazines. Sifting through my eBay haul of crochet and knitting patterns from Women’s Weekly, I came across one of those perfectly posed ‘catalogue man’

Not all care settings have the space at corridor ends to create themed areas but resting stations within corridors, at junctions or by lifts can offer opportunities

May 2020 •

Craft corner

shots, sporting a blue cable knit sweater, which my mother knitted for my father many moons ago.

I also remember how Mum and I would pop into the local newsagent each Thursday after school to collect her reserved copy of the magazine and how much of treat it was for her to sit down with a well-earned cup of tea and have a flick through.

Engaging art and corridor features will prompt memories and start conversations so much more than generic, hotel-style watercolours and so much of it can be done on a budget. TCHE

Jacqui Smith

Jacqui Smith is an experienced healthcare designer with a particular interest in how the built environment can support people living with sensory and cognitive impairments. Designing for health and well-being, physical and mental, and the role colour plays, is at the core of her work. Jacqui is an accredited member of the Society of British & International Interior Design and sits on the SBID Healthcare Design Council.


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