Drawing from the conclusions in my essay I have devised three concept to direct my design and make project.
DOMESTIC. Many corporate organisations have adopted a more domestic aesthetic in recent years, however most NHS waiting rooms have not. A domestic feeling could help calm a patient and help them to forget they are in a clinical environment. Additionally, the item of furniture could mimic ‘home comforts’ that make people feel relaxed and at ease in their own homes, by creating a warm and inviting space.
MOVEMENT. The furniture needs to work for the needs of the user. Physically, the furniture will need to be designed and manufactured in a way that will allow users to easily move the furniture. The furniture should also encourage the users to move and interact with it. Mentally, the furniture could subtly invoke emotions.
PRIVACY. People are in healthcare environments for a range of reasons. However, more often than not people feel distressed, upset, worried, anxious - the list goes on! Having an element of privacy in a waiting room could relieve an element of these negative emotions.