Desirable Bathroom Aids User Centred Design Level 3
“Final Degree project focusing on bridging the gap between function and aesthetics of assistive technology”
UNIVERSITY OVERALL BEST DESIGN PROJECT WINNER
Project Outline The importance that assistive technology has on closing the gap between functional limitations and bathroom activities is critical to the ability of older adults and those with mobility impairments to live independently.
Problems Through exhaustive investigation and user research the main problems and concerns of existing assistive technology for those with mobility impairments were found to be...
Negative Visual Impact
Effect on Others
Initial research showed that the ability to use the basin and mirror area of a bathroom was most critical to being able to live independently. This combined with the problems with existing assistive technology lead me to rethink how this area of the bathroom could be both useful and stylish, whilst also providing suitable functionality for intended users. Through a comprehensive selection process of initial concepts and wide-ranging design development, a storage stool integrated with a wall mounted basin was designed.
Manufacture and Material Research
Following extensive research of wood bending techniques, bent lamination was selected as it allowed formation of complex shapes and small radius bends. This process allows consistent results and quality whilst the exposed laminations add to the aesthetic, making a bathroom stool that seamlessly combines form, function and finish.
SOLID WOOD BENDING
The stool will be available in a range of finishes including oak, ash and walnut offering consumers a choice to match their personal style.
Testing and Prototyping A full scale prototype was created through a carefully planned and labour intensive process using a range of hand crafted moulds.
Various forms of testing were undertaken to ensure the stool and sink met the required British Standards and safety measures. This included FEA Simulation, scale model manipulation and layout testing.
Suitable for a range of uses including somewhere to rest, stabilising balance and storing towels, toilet roll, child steps and much more, these products are designed with style in mind for easy and relaxing completion of daily bathroom tasks.
Simply use the stool as storage underneath the sink until needed for support
Published on Mar 11, 2018
Published on Mar 11, 2018
A user-centred design project for my final degree piece, focusing on bridging the gap between function and aesthetics of assistive technolog...