Designer Paul Smith and The Nightingale Project

The Nightingale Project is thrilled to have collaborated with fashion designer Sir Paul Smith in redesigning a mental health ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington – transforming a stark, clinical ward into a unique and welcoming space. The project included painting some of the walls in a characteristically colourful stripe, and hanging a selection of Sir Paul’s own photographs. We believe this is the first time a major fashion designer has redesigned a hospital ward.

Paul said “My visit to the ward was very humbling.I decided to use some of the colour and print that’s so central to my designs. I don’t want to underestimate the challenges faced by the patients, but hope it’s now a more comforting place to be – and also that it’s a more positive environment for the staff, whose work is so important”.

One patient commented: “It’s great! the ward is now more fun and more vibrant. The patients have been feeling really inspired by it”.

Sir Paul generously donated his time, his team’s expertise, and his photographs, and Dulux UK donated the paint. The Nightingale Project is very grateful to Harry Wells of Paul Smith Ltd for his work on the project.