The visual impression we get of a retirement home is often uniform and impersonal. Older people are reduced to becoming an anonymous group requiring care and placed in a standardised space. Lisanne Rozemeijer is doing away with this image. Instead of hanging the same perfunctory curtain in front of every window, she has given each resident a personal, tailor-made curtain with his or her own Window Story on it. Illustrations representing events that have stayed with them forever, experiences that have warmed their hearts and special qualities draw these people back from anonymity. Differences in technique, colour and division make sure that each story is unique. Window Stories celebrate the eventful lives of the senior citizens behind the curtains and encourage contact with the outside world.
Photo by René van der Hulst