British designer Morag Myerscough had to meet strict clinical regulations to bring her bright colours and harlequin prints to life in the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, not to mention entirely rethinking the idea of what healthcare spaces should look like.
April 28th, 2017
The objective was to make the rooms feel more comfortable and domestic. Although children’s rooms might seem perfectly suited to Myerscough’s colourful, graphic style, the design process was not straightforward. Here, paler colour schemes we used to suit children with autism or others who have an intolerance to bright patterns.
She also wanted the rooms to feel appropriate to older children. Besides the colours and patterns, a defining feature of the space is its relative lack of medical equipment. A lot of the cables and devices are stored behind the Formica panels, giving the space a more comforting, home-like feel.
“Although the rooms are for children, I didn’t want them to be childish because children of all different age groups will be staying in them,” said Myerscough. “I also wanted to create somewhere parents would be happy to spend time too. It was just about making a bedroom that you felt good to be in.”
In addition, the hospital environment required that everything be sterile and easy to clean, so Myerscough had to work entirely with plastic laminate. The wood-like panels in the wards is Formica, which has the woodgrain screen-printed onto paper and then laminated. Painting directly onto the Formica wasn’t possible, and neither was screen-printing additional colours onto the paper.
“To get the really pure colours that I wanted, I had hoped to screen print my own pattern onto the existing wood grain,” Myerscough said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t do that because you can only screen print one or two colours onto the paper before it disintegrates.” In the end she ended up scanning the wood grain and digitally adding patterns to it. That combined pattern was then printed onto paper and laminated like normal Formica.
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