Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service: The Curve

Following the Grenfell Tower Fire in June 2017, The Nightingale Project was asked to create a soothing environment at The Curve, where the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service took over one floor to provide therapy services to people affected by the fire.

We designed a reception and waiting area that contained mostly blue, watery images, which we felt would be cool and soothing. Most of the paintings were semi-abstract images of rippling water and waves by artist-illustrator Christopher Corr; at one end of the waiting room there is a single image by the late Howard Hodgkin, reproduced by kind permission of the artist’s estate – this painting was used for a poster depicting swimming for the London Olympics 2012, and fitted very well with our design scheme.

In the therapy rooms we also used pictures by Christopher Corr – paintings he made of the local area, including local street scenes and market stalls in Portobello Road. We hope that they convey a hopeful message about life in the local community after the Grenfell tragedy. One person using the service said ‘Yes, that’s my community: I feel I can recognise the people in these pictures’.