Care to sit?

One of the things I love about care home design is showing a client how the colour palate and furniture style can make all the difference between a stereotypical care home look and something worthy of show home status.  Our clients want the high end look, the end user, quite rightly craves a comfortable seat above all else and the whole scheme of course has to be superbly practical.

So, the point of this blog?  Well, the chair that we find most challenging to specify is the easy chair; it needs a high back, has to be extremely comfortable, look contemporary and come within budget.  The Care Show in Bournemouth is the place to see all that’s new in the contract furniture market for the healthcare sector and I spent a large chunk of my day yesterday road testing chairs.   The easy chair was at the top of my shopping list so I was excited to see the high back in the new Jasmine range from Knightsbridge Furniture – incredibly comfortable, shown here in Panaz Alcazar fabric, one of the great new contract fabrics this season.

Shackletons’ Valencia chair is a nod to the wing but with a more contemporary line and covered in a gorgeously textured fabric sets it apart from more traditional models.

And yes whilst there is not a hint of high back here, the new Cheam chair from Shackletons really caught my eye – a couple of these upholstered in a fabulous cut velvet in the lobby area of a care home will surely make a great first impression…….and yes, it’s very comfortable!