Interior designer, Mark Aldbrook, has designed the newly painted dining room ceiling of Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House and officially opened the room last week. Mark has been a resident at Sidney Corob House for people with mental health needs since March this year. He has had his own interior design business for many years, with clients across the globe and an office for his company Paravent in Sloane Street.
The new ceiling at the West Hampstead residential home depicts freedom and travel, with birds beating their wings across open blue skies, interspersed with fleecy white clouds and he says, it was inspired by Tiepolo the 17th century artist.
Mark explains his inspiration for the project, “When I first saw the dining room I felt the room could be lifted with the painted ceiling using a Trompe L’oeil (deceit of the eye) design giving it a lovely open feel, as well as appearing to lift the height. I’m pleased that the whole theme has been very well received and the therapeutic qualities have been especially appreciated, it’s a talking point and a place for residents to enjoy. It’s thrilling to see so many people enjoy it.”
Mark’s mother Eva Aldbrook, 92, attended the opening and gave a talk about her career as a successful fashion illustrator as part of the home’s creative programme.
Born in Germany, Eva trained at St Martins in London, working for Vogue, Tatler and national newspapers, her sketches were noted for their humour. She is the Vice President of Hampstead Arts Council. Eva said that she always encouraged Mark to be creative, even letting him draw on the walls at home in one room. Eva is now sketching the residential support workers in the home.
Home Manager, Sandra Saintus spoke at the event, thanking Eva, saying, “Thank you for your wonderful history, it’s easy to see how your son is so gifted.”
She went on to say, “We’re delighted with the results of the newly designed dining room and really appreciate the difference Mark has made here. He has really followed the therapeutic vision we had for the home. Creativity has great therapeutic power for all our clients and this beautiful feature is bringing pleasure to many of our residents and visitors.”