We took on the “Come Leave Your Mark” charitable initiative in partnership with The Aladina Foundation to help refurbish the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and Pediatric Areas of the San Carlos Hospital in Madrid.
The new pediatric ICU was launched last week in an event that included the Deputy Health Minister of Madrid, José Soto, Paco Arango, President of the Aladina Foundation; Herbert Nindl, our Regional Director for Southern Europe and the artist Okuda San Miguel.
As part of this charitable project, we donated and installed the decorative laminate that has been used as wall paneling, as well as part of the furniture surfaces in the remodeled area. Here, the stars of the show are the two spectacular 45 meter square murals that were designed by Okuda San Miguel and digitally rendered on our Younique laminate panels.
The work, which contains the geometric structures and multicoloured prints that are so characteristic of Okuda, is located in the main hallway of the Pediatric ICU. This renovation has created an artistic space that patients, family members and the center’s medical staff all enjoy. Annually, more than 1,800 patients are treated in the facilities of the Pediatric ICU as well as in the Pediatric Surgery Center and the Child and Adolescent Institute of the Hospital Clinic San Carlos.
Gema Bonilla, our Southern European Marketing Manager explains: “among their many other applications, our laminates and panels are frequently installed in hospitals, as they are carefully designed products that offer maximum durability, essential characteristics for high traffic areas such as these.”
In this context, the collaboration with Okuda San Miguel was a natural choice. “we often work with architects, designers and artists on multiple projects. Regarding this particular one, we thought of Okuda, because we were drawn to his designs and artistic creations. Okuda’s works are characterised by distinctive, highly recognizable colours and a unique iconography. They may be installed in both interior and exterior spaces,” concludes Bonilla.
Pictured above - Paco Arango, President of the Aladina Foundation, with Artist Okuda San Miguel and Herbert Nindl, Formica Group Regional Director for Southern Europe.
For his part, the artist Okuda San Miguel points out that “there were two very interesting aspects to this project. Firstly, it was exciting to start working with a material I had never used before, particularly considering it implied an architectural transformation. Secondly, of course, the context and location of the work, which will provide a great deal of positivity to children who need it.”
For Lorena Díez, Hospital Director for the Aladina Foundation, “this project will improve the quality of life for children in the hospital. Aladina seeks to humanise hospitals, helping reduce the trauma of a young person’s stay as much as possible.”
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