Brief: This was an industrial design project. The requirement for the project was to turn an ordinary object into something extraordinary.
Solution: A supportive armrest to ease the process of getting in and out of the dining chair for people with limited mobility.
Recognition: Selected as part of Cooper Hewitt exhibition of student projects proposing design solutions to improve accessibility or inclusion in 2018.
Duration: 3 months
Define the problem
I started the project by observing people and their activities in my daily life.
Through the contextual inquiry, I found that many people, especially the elderly, encounter a limit in dexterity and mobility. These people often need some form of support to ease their daily activities. For example, a senior may rely on a strong armrest to get in and out of a dining chair. However through my observation, I found that a lot of the dining chairs in our daily life are not friendly to these users who need extra support.
How can I enhance the experience of getting in and out of dining chairs for users with limited mobility?
Easy access to the chair
A foam-covered armrest that blends seamlessly with the classic lines of a Thonet bentwood chair to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing adaption that allows for improved stability for users getting in and out of the chair.