It is indisputable that interior design goes far beyond the purely aesthetic and functional aspect. It has a major influence on your daily routines, experiences, emotions, and so on. A circular salutogenic design responds to this idea and has a positive impact on the health and well-being of its residents. The design studio House of Grey has worked according to these principles in the realisation of the Kings Cross project.
House of Grey is a visionary studio based in London that takes a holistic approach to their interior designs. They focus on hospitality and residential projects, but can also be contacted for interior styling. They have an interesting philosophy, that of 'circularly balanced design'. This means that with their interior design and creative work they want to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. This way of thinking originates from the construction of many prominent modern hospitals. Investing in a salutogenic design therefore means investing in yourself. This is exactly what the inhabitants of this house did when they asked House of Grey to design their interior.
A salutogenic design does not only want to be beneficial for its inhabitants, but also for the planet.
The goal of the Kings Cross project was to create a space where the residents could live every day in harmony with themselves and their surroundings. The design studio took a holistic and person-centred approach, with an eye for aesthetics and sustainability. After all, salutogenic design does not only want to benefit the inhabitants, but also the planet. Therefore, the studio invested in durable and UK based handcrafted items that would last a long time. The sofa was bespoke designed and made in the UK to support the client, whom had back issues and therefore wished to support this every day. He came to trial the sofa during the making process to make sure that it worked for him. The interior was stripped of all unnecessary, abundant elements, along with using their Bauwerk lime wash paint which does not off gas and therefore does not contain VOC's. In addition, the studio used a natural colour palette, various pleasant textures, and organic shapes. In this way, House of Grey wants the home to trigger all the senses, for a complete comfortable living experience. The result is an inviting, stylish home that contributes to the well-being of its inhabitants and the planet. The importance of mental and physical health has increased greatly in recent years and the architectural world is beginning to respond to this trend. By successfully applying a salutogenic design, House of Grey has ensured that the residents can find happiness in their new interior. We believe this is a great achievement.
Photography by Michael Sinclair