Aesthetic Design and Wellbeing

This month, we invited Katherine Pyne, owner of the inspirational and award winning business, designed2enable to share her thoughts on the importance of aesthetic design to our wellbeing.

Katherine Pyne of designed2enable

“Our understanding of the impact our surroundings can have on our wellbeing has deepened greatly over the last few years with increasing studies into this field. For example, German researchers have found that being able to see the colour green boosts creativity and motivation. Therefore, hospitals with large windows and landscape views can help speed recovery.  Evidence of the restorative effect of feeling happier in our surroundings, and the impact that aesthetics can have on our ability to heal.

Until recent years, the design of daily living products focused purely on the function of the product, without much consideration to the aesthetic design, resulting in medical looking aids which carry the stigma of disability.

Opticians are a great example of positive change. Until recently, glasses were unexciting and people resisted wearing them because they felt embarrassed by how they looked.  In the last few years however, this industry has become big business; they are now designed to be stylish and are worn as a fashion statement. These days, people generally seem happy to pay a reasonable price for a jumper, so why not a stylish cane that co-ordinates with your outfit, which also works as a fashion statement?

designer sunglasses, pixabay

Baby boomers are the next elderly generation. They are used to having a choice, and want good design in their homes and in their lifestyle. Style is a personal thing, it can define us, it is how we choose to express ourselves and can hugely affect our self-esteem.

However, the tide is turning and Ellihome are an example of progress in the assisted living market. Their ‘Lintrathen’ range of shower stools, hand and towel rails and toilet surrounds are presented with clean minimal lines and a high standard of design, to complement any modern bathroom.

Here at designed2enable, we are looking forward to adding Ellihome’s products to our accessible bathroom collection. An online retailer that specialises in stylish aids for daily living, we source award winning mobility products from around the world to offer our customers a pleasurable shopping experience. The inspiration for our company came from our own personal experience of disability and our frustrations with the lack of choice available for attractive mobility products. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and understanding of our customers’ needs and our extensive product knowledge.”

You can visit designed2enable at https://www.designed2enable.co.uk Tel: 0800 772 3771


Published on 01 March 2018