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Brief Published: 14 Oct 2021

Healing Spatial Design for Those Dealing with Death & Grief

Post Service by Tableau

Soothing pastel tones, engaging tactility and curated artworks decorate Post Service, a newly opened remedial clinic in Copenhagen that is dedicated to mental health, grief and mindfulness practices. The space is a pioneering example of how colour and material can be harnessed to create restorative experiences.

Realised by local multidisciplinary studio Tableau, the clinic’s interior is intended to be both peaceful and enriching – a place where art and design play an integral role in the healing process by conjuring moments of relief, encouragement and invigoration. 

When entering the space, clients are met by a swathe of cool pastel and silver hues. Rooms are painted in subtle mint green, lavender or blue with matching darker-toned ceilings, to create a grounding, cocooning effect. The interplay of hard and soft – achieved through textile-covered walls and sleek aluminium surfaces – brings harmony and balance, while lighting can be set to cold or warm to allow for variable levels of comfort.

Tableau worked closely with a team of progressive artists and designers to create bespoke furniture and decorative pieces for the space, intended to entice and surprise through intriguing materiality and form. Among the objects are a granulated rubber rug by German designer Carsten in der Elst; an extravagantly fringed chair by Dane Kristine Mandsberg; anamorphic ceramics from local studio Pettersen & Hein; and light fixtures made using scavenged waste materials by Brussels-based designer Arnaud Eubelen.

This air of playfulness helps to provide a more positive environment for dealing with the experience of death and grief – something we explore further on The Brief. And see Death in the Next Decade for more on confronting this taboo topic.

For more on building wellbeing-centric spaces, services and products, see CMF for Post-Covid Wellbeing, where we outline a wealth of fundamental design strategies.