In The Netherlands, 1 in 5 people get dementia. This can cause symptoms as forgetfulness, depression and reversal of night-day rythm. It is hard to cope with this transition, especially when losing so much self-reliance. What could help remain self reliance is scent, as it is a very strong trigger that is connected to the deepest part of ones memory. It’s exactly herefore that it can be used to help people with dementia.I asked myself: how can I use scent, in the combination of a product and a service, to increase the self-reliance of people with dementia? A day rhythm ‘clock’, that diffuses preprogrammed scents which remember you to think about daily activities like, getting out of bed, eating, sleeping or going outside and will give ‘the feeling of time’ back to you. That feeling will at the same time be emphasized by natural daylight through a light. This product will help you by giving back some self-reliance to your loved one without being forcing or preachy.
how can I use scent, in the combination of a product and a service, to increase the self-reliance of people with dementia?
In May 2020 till January 2021 SCENT IMENT was part of the exposition ‘Time Matters’ in CUBE design museum.
” This product will help you by giving back some self-reliance to your loved one without being forcing or preachy. ”
A cremation urn is a object where many people show aversion for, even though for those who are left behind it could be comforting, for example my grandma.
‘‘When i’m alone and feel bad or really sad, i walk towards the urn of grandpa in the bedroom. It’s always there standing in the corner of the room, on top of the cabinet. Gently i hold on to it with both of my hands, and keep standing there for a while. It’s not that i feel or hear anything but still, it’s like for just a minutes he’s much closer, he’s there with me. ‘‘
The urn is designed in the shape of a daily object, so it can bringcomfort without being always visable and confronting for others. It’s combined with a ritual. A light combined with thesymbolics of a lighthouse.
When you’re looking for comfort, or maybe a answer, contact with your loved one, you can walk up to the light. It will light up more and more as you will come closer. As if when you hold it, it reacts, because when you’ll walk away it will fade again just like it did before.
WHAT WOULD YOU ASK IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WOULD GET AN ANSWER?
” i got inspired by the open weaved structures.”
While visting a company that still uses the willow branches and their old weaving techniques, i got inspired by the open weaved structures.
Because willow is a flexible material it’s mostly weaved dens for constructive reasons. I wanted to create a strong but open, weavement that would develop to a functional but esthetic product.
” The acupressure bracelet will help you through making a
decision and will also help with providing a more focused and clear mind. ”
DESSO, TESTING EXPERIENCE
The future of Desso lays within their existing products and on going developments. That’s why the challenge for me was convincing the consumer and making sure that Desso will be remembered. I want to accomplish this with making a new way of experiencing and testing a carpet, that amplifies and shows the positive aspects of having a carpet, in this case ‘the soft and fuzzy feeling beneath your feet’ and to get you acquainted with it in an playful way.Instead of how you would normally test a carpet, with your hands. Now you get invited to try it out, barefoot like you would do at home.
EXAGGERATING THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HAVING A CARPET, WITH A OUTSTANDING TESTING EXPERIENCE
After i analyzed the company i found out
that the actual problem is not their design of
products, quality or innovation but how they
Pictures as shown there where hard to find
and everything was really distant. The
website and the shop experience where not
communicating the way it should be, so i
wanted to make a new communication tool
at a place where costumers actually visit and
pay attention, at a fair.
I wanted to design a fun outstanding
experience of actually trying out carpets,
one that would be inviting to try it out. So
when the costumers would get home after
a long day of looking at possibilities, or
the moment they’re ready to buy the new
carpet DESSO would be in their heads.
It should be there to create a lasting
memory and bond with the costumer.
With exaggerating the postive aspects of
having a carpet.
”After i analyzed the company i found out
that the actual problem is not their design of the products, quality or innovation but how they communicate it.”
CREFA PLAY KIT
The outside playkit ‘CREFA’ i designed in collaboration with Sofie van der Eijk & Marjolein van Steen.
Children play less and less outside, and if they do there are most of the time adults involved. That for example intervene when there are struggles or arguments while layings down the rules of a game.
What results in less development within creativity, social skills and self-confidence. When by giving them more freedom to make up their own game, with their own rules they will develop these skills.
CREFA is a playkit for schools or daycare, for children within a age group of 8 till 12 years.
The kit comes with a set of multiple different objects that are designed to make your own game. The objects are designed in a way that it is gender neutral and can be used in a lot of different ways without telling to much how to.
While developing this kit we did a lot of research and collaboration with multiple classes of kids within this age group. During this process we got inspired by these kids and it learned us a lot about what would be important for the end result.