Re-centre, a boutique medical facility in Auckland, opened its doors in early 2020 and continues Klein architect’s ‘wellness in design’ ethos, further exploring holistic ways of delivering high quality healthcare and improving New Zealander’s health outcomes through good design.
Tapping into an under-explored part of the mental health system, Evolution Healthcare and Acurity Health Group joined forces after identifying a gap in the market. Their vision - a private mental health clinic that does not fit into any traditional mold, however offering an alternative to the cold and clinical notion of a psychiatrist visit.
In late 2018, Klein architects were engaged to carry out a feasibility concept study for a new-look ‘mind health’ outpatient facility. The brief was for a calm and peaceful environment that enables people to feel at ease and relaxed in a much less clinical setting than traditional mental health facilities. The interior fit out was to be balanced between homely comfort and high-end luxury, allowing clients to feel they were somewhere special, yet not outside of their comfort zone.
Re-centre’s model of care, characterised as high tech and professional delivered in a casual and friendly manner, provided the inspiration for the interiors. This has been successfully reflected in the spatial arrangement and design of the centre – swapping rigid waiting room chairs with stylish domestic furnishings; hard lines with gentle curves and soft planting.
Fabrics from James Dunlop Textiles, including their specialist healthcare fabric FibreGuard, were selected purposely for their durability in a commercial application. The colour palette of soft blue, greens, warm neutrals and mineral shades provided a graceful elegance to complement the other interior furnishings.
“The fabrics brought a warmth and softness to our spaces and helped to lessen the harder defining elements of darker metal, gold and stone-look materials/textures of the design” says Jo Clayton, Senior Interior Designer.
The resulting environment is neither bold nor aggressive, and it’s this understated yet charming palette that creates a soothing, sympathetic setting for health and well-being. The idea of choice and comfort was key to this project – utilising environmental cues to put people at ease, they can let go of their apprehension and worries, setting the scene for frank and meaningful exchanges.
Photography: Ricky Lam
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We’ve developed a deep-seated knowledge of interior textiles in our 110-year history. We’re interested in different ways of living, and we’re constantly exploring what fabrics can bring to people’s lives. And life has always informed what we do.
We believe in fabrics that have a unique viewpoint, born from a curiosity about the world. Fabrics with a sense of purpose. Fabrics that are crafted with passion, and embrace the lives spent on and around them. Fabric that spans trends, generations and cultures. The fabric of life.
James Dunlop Textiles was founded in 1907 in the bustling port of Dunedin, New Zealand as a supplier of European fabric to retailers. From a dynasty of Freemen and textile merchants based in the Scottish countryside close to the border of Northern England, a commitment to quality design and performance ensured longevity for company and product alike.
Over a century later, the fourth generation Dunlop family governs this innovative design-based organisation across the Asia- Pacific region. With a strong focus on sustainable textile excellence, coupled with world-class logistics and service, the company enjoys industry accolades and support from a wide base of global retail and interior design customers.
“We are proud of our history and legacy; delivering excellence and a sustainable future to the textile industry. We are passionate about quality fabrics, and have been for a very long time.”
James Dunlop Textiles has three design studios – Sydney, Auckland & Melbourne. By virtue of their locations, these studios have important access to two of our key markets and the ability to explore and forecast design trends.
Bursting with creativity, the studios and their team's research, develop and customise fabric and wallpaper from conception to market entry. Their ability to work with international suppliers and view textiles within the greater design context provides an essential service to the company and our customers.
At James Dunlop Textiles we are interested in different ways of living. We’re constantly exploring what fabric can bring to people’s life. We view the world through a uniquely Australasian lens, so in designing and curating our collections we look both outwards and inwards.
Being on-trend is compulsory, but as important to us is being relevant to the environmental and situational usage that our fabrics will be exposed to. Whether it Christchurch, Canberra or California, our textiles have been purposely designed to perform and look great.
We’re a people business and we’re relationship-driven. Our suppliers, and most importantly our customers like to know that our people care and are passionate about the product and level of service they provide.
We have a fabulous team of talented individuals who work together at all levels to achieve the vision and goals of James Dunlop Textiles.
Our success stems from a genuine passion for product and a desire to exceed customer expectations at all levels.
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