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.
- 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.
- How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.
- A frequent query sent into Dwell Letters is about accessibility and universal design in modern houses.
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.
- One of architecture’s greatest functions is to increase the mobility and comfort of the people who use it.
Well, this is handy. Wood blocks that only offer one slot per knife might leave you stabbing around hoping to find the one that fits, and they don't offer much versatility for accommodating new blades. Ute (short for utilitarian) Australian Design eliminated the individual slits on their carbonized bamboo base, giving a happy home to your parers, cleavers, and everything in between.