Kasper Egelund

Design: DEVIAN - an upholstered pouf with a front facing metal bar


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My design

Devian is an upholstered pouf with a front facing metal bar that makes daily routines such a tying shoelaces or putting on socks easier. At first, this can seem as minor problems, but this can be hard tasks with an elderly body. 

The idea behind the pouf is to make a piece of furniture with focus on both function and aesthetics. It was important not to stigmatize the elderly’s reduced physical mobility, but instead make a product that could be used by all, be a decorative part of their home and most important – make their everyday life easier.

My inspiration

The inspiration for the pouf was drawn through a body of research upon problems faced by elderly. It is not always easy to get older, and it has a big influence on the everyday life. It is impossible to avoid diseases and wearing of the body after many years on the labour market. Especially kyphosis – a curved spine – is a common disease for elderly. Up against 20-40 % of the elderly population are troubled by kyphosis that complicates bending of the back and gives general back pain.

Therefore, elderly people with this disease have troubles with tying shoelaces and putting on pants and socks. However, it is not only the elderly who have difficulties with these daily routines, and it was therefore important to find a solution that would fit all, but especially help the elderly. 

Furniture Design gives me the possibility to connect my interests for design, architecture, and typography within one creative field. The study gives me a place where I in collaboration with fellow students can work in a productive and creative community which strengthens my own desire to make better design.

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