Kai Interiors, in combination with up and coming graduate designer Pia Pumpkins, had the wonderful opportunity to transform and renovate one of St Mungo’s Hospice’s living spaces. Thriving upon the work of volunteers and its dedicated workforce, St Mungo’s is a charity aiming to end homelessness and to rebuild lives. They help through providing a range of health, accommodation, elderly care and offender services. However, with most of the donations rightly diverted to the support of the St. Mungo’s clients themselves, there is little left over to create a homely interior.
What had previously been a clinical, unwelcoming therapy-space-turned-storage-cupboard, consisting of a pile of chairs and dominated by storage units, is now a bright and clean room. It is full of warm and modern furniture, with a stunning custom wall by one of London’s local artists, Edouard Lyons. Incorporating more unique details such as the delicate splash back tiles, featuring numerous plants and using simple, yet refined, patterns on the rugs and chairs helped create a more homely feeling space. Being largely familiar with institutional interiors, the clients of St Mungo’s stressed their desire for a calm and airy escape. Spending time in a space which feels relaxing and welcoming, rather than like a hospital waiting room, can clearly only aid rehabilitation.
This project would not have been possible without the generous donation of time and goods from several companies and individuals. We would like to show our appreciation to the following companies for their kind donations: Worktop Express for providing the beautiful kitchen worktop; Blindstogo for the blinds; Industville for the lights; Everett and Blue for the stunning kitchen tiles; The Conran Shop for supplying the beautiful plant pots, rugs, bin, sofa and cushion covers; Joseph Giles for the kitchen door handles; Fake Landscapes for their wonderful customer service and plants; Servico Group for the kind donation of the armchair reupholstery; Ecora for the beautiful wood flooring; Cult Furniture for the statement coffee table; Howdens for their kitchen cabinets; Sunbury for fabrics and finally Edouard from Lyons and Tigers Creative Agency for the unique hand painted mural.
A huge thanks to the team at Pia Pumpkins for the amazing hard work they put into this project in their personal time. They were a pleasure to work with and we are all very proud of what has been achieved through hard work and donations.