ricky kloosterman's embrace chair strengthens bond between parent and premature baby ricky kloosterman's embrace chair strengthens bond between parent and premature baby
oct 27, 2015

ricky kloosterman's embrace chair strengthens bond between parent and premature baby

embrace chair strengthens bond between parent and premature baby
images by ricky kloosterman

 

 

 

offering a sensitive design solution to strengthen the bond between parents and their premature baby, design academy eindhoven graduate ricky kloosterman has designed ’embrace’, a piece of furniture made for the clinical environment. having the understanding that the care for premature babies is a stressful time, new parents often find neonatal units overwhelming by the little space for privacy and the amount of technology in the hospital units.

 

 

therefore, to promote skin-to-skin contact between the parent and child, the scheme features an organic, rounded form with a tall back. the curved sides are lined with hygienic imitation leather cushions to provide intimacy and warmth; all of which offers the family privacy and a sense of security in a soothing environment. large enough to fit at least two people comfortably, tubes and medical equipment can be hung and integrated subtly into the back of the seat.

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the compact design can be arranged around a neonatal unit

ricky kloosterman embrace design academy eindhoven DDW designboom
the tall back gives privacy and seclusion to the family

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’embrace’ on display during the design academy eindhoven’s graduate show
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ricky koosterman embrace design academy eindhoven DDW designboom
medical tubes can easily be hidden and tucked away behind the cushioning
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ricky koosterman with her embrace project
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project info:

 

medical textile: vyva fabrics amsterdam
wood: broeinest eindhoven
furniture maker: wessel van offeren eindhoven
upholstery: geert jacobs venlo

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