Gitta Gschwendter, a German designer, has created a series of furniture called 'Genius Loci' for the new dedicated cancer treatment center at Guy's Hospital in London. The colorful and playful pieces of furniture offset the potentially morose mood that might otherwise beset a cancer center, keeping spirits high with metonymously high designs.
Genius Loci's chromatic furniture uses partially enclosed mesh metal screens to engender a degree of privacy in the open spaces of the cancer center. The bright colors of the chairs and couches aren't randomly chosen. Rather, each color corresponds to the color-coding of the various areas of the building: red for the welcome area, orange for radiotherapy, yellow for outpatients, and green for chemotherapy.
One of Gschwendter's chair designs features an exaggeratedly high screen. Taking in this screen requires the seated person to look straight up, giving them a new perspective that they might not otherwise see.