Kirkcaldie Interiors 4 Lady Wigram Village
Creative DirectorGeorgie Inglis
ContributorsFoley Group, Grace Builders
Creating a restful and inviting space paired with the necessary functionality of a rest home was the key challenge behind the Kirkcaldie Interiors project at Lady Wigram Retirement Village.
The owner’s vision for Lady Wigram was to create a high-end hotel feel with an element of understated luxury. Kirkcaldie set to work with a clean slate following the completion of the architect’s plans and without a specific creative brief from the client. To bring the spaces to life, the designer specified the interior finishes, including flooring, wall colour, feature lighting, joinery, furniture, artworks and soft furnishings. The resulting interior is a series of elegant, serene spaces where residents can relax, dine, socialise and feel totally at home.
The 2500 square metre facility comprises 40-bed accommodation, café/bar space, dining room, lounge, reception and foyer with a seating area. Taking inspiration from the faux schist used by the architects, Georgie Kirkcaldie selected muted, calming tones and textures to bring warmth to the interior and complement the stone feature walls.
Furnishings posed a significant challenge with most items custom-made to accommodate accessibility and covering selections restricted to the limited range of specialist Crypton fabrics suitable for aged care use. The careful mix of contrasting patterns and complementary tones reflects a nod to classic heritage style.
The two feature fireplaces in the communal area presented an opportunity to create cosy zones to sit and talk, achieved with the additions of comfortable sofas, side tables, lamps and area rugs to define the space. Thoughtful selections of eclectic accessories, artwork and stunning feature lighting elevate these highly functional spaces to a level way beyond what you might expect.
By taking a fresh look at what can be achieved within a residential care setting, Kirkcaldie has managed to bring a sophisticated, inviting environment to life, performing the clever trick of functioning superbly as a rest home while avoiding the appearance of a care facility.