Healing With Design!

From our about page and malarkey post we hope that you can see that one of the core reasons we set up Studio EM was so as we could make a difference to other people’s lives through our designs. Of course our core business is commercial design, but the completion of paid commercial projects allow us to spend more time focusing on and researching the area of health and social design as we call it.

During our research we came across this amazing project, the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Peoples Unit at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and we sat in the office and discussed amongst ourselves how this is exactly the type of project we want to be known for. As you can see from out Project EM page, fighting cancer is something that is always at the forefront of our mind. Studio EM was only made possible due to one man and his desires for his daughter to make a fist of working for herself. Sadly this year we idly sat by his bedside in Dubai as he passed away from cancer, as we spent many months in many different hospitals we always commented on the design and layouts of the hospitals as we are designers.

We couldn’t fathom as to why when people are going through this terrible time and debilitating disease they have to be surrounded by such drab, dire and dreary surroundings. Green, yellow and beige walls, industrial beds and tiling, florescent lights piercing the retina’s every time you wake from a sleep to the harsh and rigid furniture for loved ones to wait by. As if this time isn’t miserable enough without compounding the misery further by the surroundings. As I spent every day watching my Dad waste away and being shunted from pillar to post and hospital to hospital in agony and spending every night in deep discomfort I just couldn’t get my head around why it had to be this way, he always said to me “Emma, you need to do something about this is in the future”.  Don’t get me wrong, my Dad wasn’t a prima donna, he was a rough and tumble Wigan lad but towards the end he couldn’t take much more of the environment he was in, all he wanted to do was to go home.

This is when we decided to set up Studio EM, and make it our aim to research these areas and come up with new solutions in all areas of health care and society to help people at their most difficult times, from paediatric wards to social centres to schools for the disabled to youth centres to maternity units, we want to create environments to make things just a little bit better and more comfortable. As I said earlier our bread and butter is commercial projects but these lay the paving stones for us to invest greater time in the future to achieve these aims. Many a person has told us that this cannot be done especially in the Middle East Region but from the project below we see that it can be.

The design of the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Peoples Unit may not save anyone’s life on its own but it will at least make a positive difference and give that small piece of humanity back to those suffering.

This project was designed by Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne, the duo behind British studio Two Create Studio, photography is credited to John Selby.

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

Photography Courtesy of John Selby

 

Photography courtesy of John Selby

Below are some more select images of the project we have come across:

A great example of how design really can enhance a patients lifestyle. If any one has any advice or contacts regarding getting something like this done in the Middle East, please get in touch and Say Hello as we really want to help make a difference.

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