London mental health clinic creates human-centric interior design

London mental health clinic creates human-centric interior design

A muted colour palette, vintage furniture and stark architectural details define London’s The Soke – a project by interior design firm Covet & Noir – aiming at creating a space that is accessible and comfortable to patients

Design studio Covet & Noir unveil a new interior design for The Soke, a London-based mental health clinic providing family services. The project aims at creating a refined interior to ensure emotional as well as physical comfort.

‘Whilst conversations around mental health have evolved significantly in recent years, the reality for those who have come into direct contact with the sector – including in the private sphere – suggest that the corresponding need for evolution in terms of user experience has not occurred at the required pace,’ reads the clinic’s mission statement. To bring user experience at the forefront and add a human element to the clinic, Covet & Noir founders Maria Lindgren & Adele Lonergan created a pared back interior design that is warm and inviting.

Interior design mental health clinic Soke London

‘Now, more than ever before, we appreciate the importance of mental health, and creating a non-clinical environment. We are incredibly proud to have worked on such a pioneering concept,’ says Lindgren. The client’s brief, the pair notes, required ‘a non-clinical environment, which evoked a sense of wellbeing, positivity and safety for those who passed through its doors’.

To bring the space to life, Lindgren and Lonergan worked closely with construction firm Warr+Webb, focusing on a unifying palette of soft, neutral tones, to evoke a feeling of calm and relaxation. The design of the 10-room clinic is defined by natural light, chalky-textured walls and wide oak plank floor, what the duo call a ‘perfectly imperfect’ space. ‘The non-clinical character has been carefully curated to shift the image of prevalent everyday mental health issues and to encourage people to embrace regular engagement with their psychological well-being, as one other aspect of their positive lifestyle choices,’ explain the designers. 

Interior design mental health clinic Soke London

Other features of the clinic’s interior design include bespoke oversized blackened steel elements, from the doors to a fireplace screen, a simple staircase serving as a central element to the building, linen curtains and a mix of leather-upholstered vintage furniture and contemporary soft furnishings by the likes of &Tradition, Frama and Aram Store. ’We layered lots of different natural finishes to give a sense of tactility, to encourage people to engage with the materials around them and to relax into the space,’ say the designers.

‘It is beyond due for depression and anxiety to be regarded as a temporary, normal human condition,’ continues the clinic’s statement. Its aim to offer accessibility, comfort and safety is clearly reflected in the carefully-considered interiors. §
 

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