The Idea House: Senior Living
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. Fortunately, we can look to the senior housing industry, which has built hundreds of retirement communities across the country, for ways to design single-family homes to accomplish this goal. This week, the American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging met in Los Angeles and showcased many new and exciting products in its 2010 Idea House. Though geared primarily for large campuses such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, most of the features on display could be adapted for use in private homes. The Idea House—designed by associate Eric Krull, interior designer Melinda Avila-Torio and landscape architect Jake Friend, all of THW Design in Atlanta—brought together a cross-section of the latest in technology, furnishings, fabrics, finishes and outdoor amenities aimed at improving the quality of senior life. Here’s a look at some of the best innovations.
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- Break a sweat with Darryl Agawin's 3-piece workspace multi-functional furniture set fit for all ages.
- Your stash of yet-to-be-perused periodicals can stack up quicker than you think. Take a cue from this gallery of vintage magazine racks, crafted by mid-century furniture designers.
In the film The Corporation, Ray Anderson, InterfaceFlor CEO, says “We’ll spend the rest of our days harvesting yester-year’s carpets and recycling them…with zero scrap going to the landfill.” FLOR’s modular (i.e., easy to clean and reuse) tiles stay in place with nontoxic adhesive dots and come in a variety of materials, including a Naturals line.
This fun rug featuring the work of photographer Francois Robert will no doubt keep a kid busy taking a closer look at the faces that emerge from doorknobs and other everyday objects. FLOR's modular carpet tile system allows you to customize each piece to your space by combining both playful six-tiled versions, or change the shape by adding complementary solid shades.
- As part of our ongoing feature The Full Spectrum, a video series that focuses on color theory, we were invited to get a personal tour of the famed Herman Miller headquarters in Holland, Michigan.
- We are still years away from Jetson-esque digs, but the residents of these seven homes rely on cutting-edge technology for greener, cohesive, and more comfortable homes.
- Our City Living issue, due out on newsstands September 10, focuses on design and architecture in urban locales.
- Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.