All too often residential spaces for retirement can seem like an afterthought. Not when they are the vision of Jen Bernard, who founded innovative design studio Bernard Interiors from her kitchen table in 2008.
Personal, polished, passionate and professional are its four key values – an approach that she applies to all kinds of awardwinning projects, from private residences abroad to hospitality developments and, one of her biggest areas of expertise, luxury later living environments in the UK. She is especially passionate about the latter, creating timeless, elegant environments that defy preconceived ideas about later living and provide five-star facilities for those who wish to downsize, while remaining connected to their local communities.
We’ve mixed classic and contemporary to create a truly original space that appeals to Audley’s future residents
Inspiration for everything, from the colour palette to the artwork, has come from the surrounding area, life in the capital and the experiences of the village’s future residents. Bold and vibrant largescale artworks line the communal corridors, whilst the pool and spa are a serene sanctuary in the city, featuring specially commissioned details such as a cascade of individually worked metal leaves on the wall by sculptor Ollie Holman, who joined the team on site for the installation.
‘Each area has its own identity with the overall linking theme of a luxurious, relaxed urban retreat,’ explains Jen. ‘Design trends in the 1970s were marked by a backlash against the bright colours and futurism of the 1950s and 1960s. There was a rise in popularity of a sophisticated palette of dark, earthy tones with extensive use of brown, green, purple and orange. This aspect of people’s lives has influenced parts of the space and been harmoniously combined with elements from other eras and styles appropriate to Clapham. She concludes: ‘I feel incredibly privileged to work at the forefront of the later living and healthcare sectors. I’m repeatedly challenged to create a safe and comfortable environment for residents.’
Bernard Interiors The Church, Greystoke Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1PN
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