Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens
Universal design doesn't need to be ugly--and, more so, shouldn't be. Done well, it's undifferentiated design for the whole population, for disabled and nondisabled people alike, as Graham Pullin, the author of Design Meets Disability, says in Universal Design 101, which he penned for Dwell's March 2010 kitchen-themed issue. Eight years ago, Italian kitchen company Snaidero adapted this belief and set out to create an attractive kitchen collection called Skyline.
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- Stanford’s Center on Longevity recognizes a colorful table set designed to aid Alzheimer's patients.
- How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.
- With Americans living longer, there’s growing interest in the concept of aging in place—that is, staying in our own homes for as long as possible.
- Kitchen systems are a lot like prefab housing: they're designed to be modular but they're endlessly customizable—not that that's a bad thing.
The London Festival of Architecture partnered with Transport for London to launch the "New London Skyline" competition, and the results have just been announched. Look closely at winner Richard Coward's black and white pattern and all the landmarks you know and love emerge. The Gherkin? Check. Nelson's Column? Present. Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, and Tate Modern? Yes, yes, and yes. These coasters are the perfect place to set a chilled Pimm's Cup.
- Graham Pullin is an interaction designer who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His new book is Design Meets Disability, out next month from MIT Press.
- A frequent query sent into Dwell Letters is about accessibility and universal design in modern houses.
- In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among the…