The studio, founded by Gilles Jourdan and Cecilie Maurud Barstad in 2006, brought its illustration and lettering talents to Willow Dene – a special primary school attended by children with a range of educational needs – and also to Thomas Tallis School, a newly-built secondary (image shown at top of post).
At Willow Dene, Gilles & Cecilie held a workshop with pupils which resulted in the creation of “meaningful and colourful wallpaintings throughout the schools building celebrating their aims, values and ethos,” say the duo.
Over the last year Gilles & Cecilie also worked with teachers and students at Thomas Tallis School to create a new-look reception area and wall graphics around the building.
“Student workshops and the Year 7 design team’s drawings of remembered views from windows in their own homes [were] joined with 1950s abstract textile patterns, modern book cover designs and the 1980s Italian design group Memphis to inspire the project,” say the studio.
Using paint and vinyl on the walls, windows and architectural elements, the studio applied patterns, welcoming messages and original drawings – and also designed wooden seating and a reception desk clad in bold geometric patterns.
The project, say Gilles & Cecilie, “was not only about redesigning a space, but also a learning experience for the students we worked with.”