Nothing to See Here

Notice anything about this kitchen?

No?

Good—that’s the point.

Yet despite the unassuming nature, it’s a space which was thoughtfully designed to accommodate the evolving needs of wheelchair user David Cornis.

Everything—from the knee clearance under the sink, to the easily accessible handles, to the angled roof which creates an asymmetrical overall space—is the result of a deep dive into the real life needs of David and others like him.

But solutions in and of themselves aren’t particularly new. What is remarkable, however, is the attention being paid to how seamlessly these solutions can be integrated into familiar landscapes.

And the effect is profound.

Rather than feeling suggestive of hospitals (and all the dread they evoke) these new homes inspire a sense of independence and autonomy which allows inhabitants to live on their own terms for much longer than previous generations.

And while we applaud the efforts of FabCab (who designed this particular home) and others like them, there’s also a sense this is the approach we should’ve been using along. Maybe it’s true what they say: the best ideas really are the simplest.  

Hal Ebbott