The new ICU is open and Gerry's office just about finished! Between running around in the ICU and High Care, I managed to finish bringing up all the furniture etc, and adding plants, pictures, a music centre and other nick nacks . All in all, I am quite pleased with the outcome, although it should be said that the staff were pretty frightened of the colour when it was first painted :) I think it looks completely different when filled with furniture...
Although a smallish space, I managed to get all the necessary items in, including desk, cupboard, chairs and sleeping chair. I would have liked a nice big leather couch, but even if the office was big enough, it would never have gotten through the doorway and passage!
In planning the space, I really wanted to combine the old and the new. The strong orange and chocolate colours are ultramodern when combined with the stark white perspex and other accents, but I really wanted the feeling of some "history-filled" pieces to balance the modern feel. The battered, multicoloured cupboard comes from India, as does the bicycle wheel clock. Gerry's chair (although a reproduction), adds an "old" element, and is really very comfortable to sit in.
Because the space is small, I needed a "light" feel table, and found the perfect combination of glass and stainless steel, in just the right size.
The white perspex chairs are Italian, and the carpet is a Nguni Cow hide.
My favourite piece in the room is the old mirror. It has a lovely worn look and feel, and with the inserts, becomes a design piece in itself, not just a light disperser...
The painting is an original by an artist friend, and reminded me of the lagoon at Cintsa, where we go on holidays...
I found a very nice music centre, which also has a docking station for Gerry's phone and iPod (he listens to Critical Care Podcasts from iTunes on his iPod), so it's a useful addition.
At the entrance to the office, I hung a wonderful antique white French inspired mirror. Again, it reflects the light beautifully into the room.
The red hexagon table/cabinet was a jewelry display case, but is now going to be used for coffee cups, tea, coffee, etc
Gerry loves it, and I think I have managed to change a few minds about the vibrant colours...everyone from the porters to the other doctors have come to take a look...what do you think?...do you like it? :)