Exhibition : Designing for our Future Selves

By Esther Ellard

Makerversity members Simon Kinneir and Lise Pape’s work is currently on show at The Design Museum until this Sunday 19th. The exhibition NEW OLD explores how design can enable better standards of life in old age. 

Simon’s work looks specifically at kitchen devices and how these can be redesigned for ease of use for arthritis sufferers. 

“Whether getting out of the bath, lifting domestic appliances or gripping buttons and zips, arthritis affects daily living in the home. Around ten million people in the UK are affected by arthritis or related conditions, while arthritis affects an estimated 1.3 billion people globally – numbers that will only climb higher as the population ages.
Arthritis Research UK is active not just in supporting medical research to develop breakthrough treatments, but in encouraging innovative design to meet the living needs of people with arthritis. It recognises the need for more products to be designed to help people with arthritis live independently.”

The Kitchen Anchor and Peeler

Simon Kinneir, 2015.
Designed to give greater stability and ease of use for people with arthritis by fixing the peeler to a non-slip chopping board on the table.
Courtesy of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA, with Arthritis Research UK.

The Carafe

Simon Kinneir, 2013.
Part of a range of kitchen products to give extra sensory feedback to people with sight loss, the jug enables filling and pouring to the right level through balance and touch, providing inherent feedback and giving confidence to the user.


Lise Pape, recent winner of a AXA PPP Health Tech & You Award, looks specifically at improving mobility of older people through wearable products. 
“Inspired by patients with multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, the company’s in-shoe technology helps to improve foot movement and gait. Products include Path Feel, an insole for shoes which helps the wearer to feel the ground better by providing active feedback, and Path Finder, a shoe attachment that provides visual cues for the wearer to follow.”

Walk With Path

Lise Pape, 2014.

Model of Path Feel – an insole to improve balance and mobility – demonstrating an insole application to help people maintain independence.


Catch their work while you can at The Design Museum, or see more at Walk With Path and Simon Kinneir

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Posted By Esther Ellard