Sir Paul Smith: Ganges Ward

In 2017 we worked with the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith to transform a previously uninspiring interior environment on Ganges Ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington. ​Paul was immensely generous – he and his team donated the entire project to the ward.

Using ‘The Artist Stripe’ – a set of eight colours that he has used in various clothes and accessories – Sir Paul created an environment that stands as a radical departure from the usual institutional interiors of NHS hospital wards.  Sir Paul commented “My visit to the ward was very humbling. 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 positive environment for the staff, whose work is so important”. One patient said “I felt miles better in a beautiful environment like that”.