Describe the project in basic terms.
Gilles & Cecilie Studio: Over the last year we have been working with teachers and students at Thomas Tallis School in London to create a bright and friendly reception area for the newly built secondary school. Inspiration for the project has come from student workshops and the Year Seven design team’s drawings of remembered views from windows in their own homes, 1950s abstract textile patterns, modern book cover designs and Eighties Italian design movement the Memphis Group. We used paint and vinyl to apply pattern, welcoming messages and original drawings to the walls, windows and architectural elements, such as the columns of the exterior undercroft and indoor reception area. We designed new wooden seating and a reception desk clad in bold geometric patterns. The project was not only about redesigning a space, but also provided a learning experience for the students we worked with.
How did the project originally come about?
G&C Studio: We have been working with Thomas Tallis School since 2010. The first project was for the opening of the school and we were asked to work on the reception area at the end of last year.