Press Feature: Morpheus & Co with designerati











DESIGNERWELLNESS IS A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS EXAMINING THE INTRINSIC IMPORTANCE OF WELLNESS IN THE DESIGN PROCESS. DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON BEST PRACTICE – AND THEIR OWN TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER, MORE CREATIVE LIFESTYLE. WE SPEAK TO ANNA CZARNOWSKA, CREATIVE LEAD AT MORPHEUS & CO.

How has awareness and understanding of wellness within the home and work environment evolved in recent years?
During the pandemic, our fast-paced lives suddenly stopped, and we have all experienced slow living. We finally had some time to look inside and revaluate what is important to us and, for many, our wellbeing took a pivotal role in our lives. We also re-evaluated our homes, which suddenly became our offices, gyms, restaurants, beauty salons; more attention was placed on the flow of our spaces. We had to create space for our home office, exercise space and mark a space for relaxation and rest so important for our physical and mental health.

Even now that we are returning to our ‘old’ lives – busy commutes, offices, eating out, it feels like we don’t want to give up on the good things that we experienced with several lockdowns, like more time to sleep, indulging in home-cooked meals, hot baths, connecting to nature. We now all really understand how important it is that our homes should serve more than just a place we crash at after a long day out.

What do you believe to be some of the key best practice principles of wellness in the design of interiors?
Interior design is no longer for the eyes only but for all the senses. Wellness and wellbeing are of the upmost importance in design, and understanding the real needs of people and the lives that will be lived within a space before even thinking about aesthetics. In order to enhance emotional wellbeing, space should prioritise colour, tactility and lighting levels that are best suited to the emotional and physical states of those using them. A space that would represent a wellness environment would be an oasis of calm featuring neutral tones, soft lighting and warm inviting textures, with the right balance of visual and tactile stimuli for positive influence on our mood and behaviour.

Please tell us about any recent projects you have been involved with that have addressed some of these issues.
The Penthouse we designed at Chelsea Waterfront is a good example of a wellness-oriented interior. It is well zoned for all the different aspects of home living consisting of a separate study room, garden room, family and games area, and entertaining area with generous outdoor space. The living room is a calm and neutral colour palette with interesting textures in the soft furnishing, with live planting for better air quality. The garden room is a playful area with swing beds and green wall with soft pink and green upholstery overlooking the River Thames, a space perfect for relaxation or exercise. The apartment benefits from large windows, flooding the space with daylight, and different light sources allow for creating a mood that suits the occasion.

What steps do you personally believe are important in enhancing wellness in your own work and home life?
A wellness home is a sensual home, a space that evokes all the senses. When furnishing your home, make sure it caters to all of them: smell, touch, sight and sound. Different textures, candles, diffusers, a good surround system, well zoned spaces for a good balance between work and relaxation, natural light as well as a good selection of indoor plants are all the elements that help to create a perfect home sanctuary. Taking wellness into account in my work life is about balance, so for me personally, having enough time outside and away from the office helps with that too.

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