Eye-catcher: custom-made fireplace
Gispen’s account manager Healthcare John Elsing and interior architect Nelleke Lagerwerf took up the project. The starting points of the project were discussed together with Adri Bevaart and a small working group of the care and living centre; besides a characteristic look and flexibility in design, comfortable furniture was also an important requirement. In addition, the furniture had to be waterproof and urinary resistant. The first sketches for a new interior design presented a meeting area of round tables on the one side and a more flexible area on the other. The flexible area features rectangular tables and a large table for reading which is easily set up into different layouts. And last but not least, there is the eye-catcher of the room: a custom-made fireplace that can even be moved.
Choose between various forms of comfort
From eating to relaxing; during the trial period, the residents of the care and living centre were given ample opportunity to try an array of different chairs. Gispen supplied armchairs that have been fully adapted to the needs of the residents, which was done in collaboration with Havee. The round tables of the Gispen TM programme in the fixed part of the meeting area encourage sitting down together and catching up. The chairs have been upholstered in Silverguard. John Elsing from Gispen: ‘A great-looking fabric that meets all the hygienic requirements. What is special about this material is that it is an artificial leather with the look and feel of a fabric. We finished it off by covering the backrests in a warm and stylish fabric with a striped design.
Photography: Chris van Koeverden