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To help her clients navigate loss and mourning, Copenhagen mental health practitioner Xanthippi de Vito has turned traditional clinic design completely on its head. Rather than sterile white walls, she embraces pastel purple and deep blue. In place of a leather couch, she offers a daybed cushioned with rubber granules that were originally intended for playground surfaces. Or, if visitors are feeling anxious, they can cozy up into a beanbag chair covered in stretchy yellow fringe that they can pick and pull at.

De Vito’s facilitation practice, Post Service, is the brainchild of multidisciplinary Copenhagen design studio Tableau. Although the firm had no previous experience with healthcare projects, de Vito was drawn to its offbeat...

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