Design age for a fabulous future

IN MY cyber travels looking for interesting 'embracing ageing' news, I came across these futurist designs for the older adult.

The exhibition (held between mid-January to mid-February) looked at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: How can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? From robotic clothing to driverless cars, the exhibition rethought how design approached ageing.

Curated by Jeremy Myerson and Royal College of Art Professor of Design Helen Hamlyn, and sponsored by the Helen Hamlyn Trust and AXA PPP healthcare, the exhibition was organised into six sections - Ageing, Identity, Home, Community, Working and Mobility.

Each section of the exhibit featured a special design commission by a leading designer or design team, creating new solutions for demographic change as well as addressing the challenges of ages.

New projects included designs by Yves Béhar /fuseproject, Konstantin Grcic, Future Facility, Special Projects, IDEO and Priestman Goode.

The show, NEW OLD, examined how innovation and design can reimagine how we live the later stages of our lives.

See more at: https://designmuseum.

Aura Power Suit (image above)

Responsive garments by Yves Béhar's studio Fuseproject feature "electric muscles" that assist elderly wearers to walk, stand up and climb stairs.

This lightweight fabric garment incorporates motors, sensors and artificial intelligence, providing support for the wearer's torso hips and legs.

It is designed to make it easier to get up, sit down or stand for long periods of time.

Head in the Sky by Konstantin Grcic.

This zinc galvanised-mesh structure offers a secluded outdoor space for working and thinking, particularly for those who do not want to retreat into their own private domain.

The ramped access is intended to symbolise a departure from age stereotypes, while the lack of roof is designed to "give thoughts free rein".


The scooter has a trolley-like storage compartment designed to make it easier for people with limited mobility to get around.

Based on the micro scooter popular with children and young people, the product not only offers support, but also encourages older people to stay physically active for longer.

This scooter was designed by London studio PriestmanGoode.

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