lanzavecchia + wai: no country for old men domestic objects for the elderly
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may 01, 2012

lanzavecchia + wai: no country for old men domestic objects for the elderly

‘no country for old men’ – a collection of domestic objects for the elderly by lanzavecchia + wai all photos © davide farabegoli

‘no country for old men’ is a collection of domestic objects for the elderly addressing the everyday difficulties they encounter. composed of three different designs: the ‘together canes’, ‘assunta chair’ and ‘monolight table lamp’, the body of work has been developed by italian-singaporean studio lanzavecchia + wai as a means of complimenting the domestic living spaces of seniors.

‘T-cane’, ‘U-cane’ and ‘I-cane’

the ‘together canes’ come in three versions – the ‘T-cane’, ‘U-cane’ and ‘I-cane’ – which provide enhanced support and mobility to individuals. each device is outfitted with a different platform which allows one the flexibility of moving around with more ease– whether its a small table for bringing along their tea, a storage basket for magazines, books or small items, or a table unit to prop their iPad for enjoyment from the sofa or typing out documents.


demonstrating the use of ‘I-cane’ and ‘U-cane’

the ‘together canes’ collection

‘assunta chair’ with yellow seating attachments and without

with aging, comes the natural decline in muscle tone and bone density which results in decreased mobility, stability, strength and endurance. actions which we take for granted in our younger years become more difficult as we get older. sometimes even just standing up from a seat can be a challenge for some seniors due to muscle mass and loss in strength. the ‘assunta chair’ assists by appropriating the user’s own body weight as a leverage via a foot bar. this added component contributes to one’s stability, while also offering a tilting motion which aids in lifting one’s body out of the seat more easily.

showing the course of action of getting up from the ‘assunta chair’

‘assunta chair’

detail of the chair’s handle

‘monolight’ in landscape and portrait models

an object which illuminates and magnifies, the ‘monolight table lamp’ features a magnifying screen and LED components housed within a CNC-machined aluminium enclosure. it is meant to address the issue of deteriorating eye-sight which comes with old age, as well as having spent long-hours in front of a computer screen. anchored within a dodecagon-profiled marble base, the design provides a range of viewing angles depending on one’s visual needs. available in both portrait and landscape models to accommodate people’s reading preferences, a simple gesture of tilting the aluminium frame allows one to angle the frame accordingly, while the heft of the marble base keeps in in place.

the lamp can be angled according to the user’s preference thanks to the dodecagonal base

‘monolight’ in use

threading a needle with the aid of the fresnel lens

‘monolight’ lamps illuminated

  • Great!!

    cova says:
  • so refreshing

    N says:
  • At long last!! a range of products that address mobility issues but look contemporary. well done!!

    Patricia Keilthy says:
  • Having just spent time with my aging but independent parents I say BRAVO!

    Nat says:
  • No no no

    The aesthetic of the chair (especially without the pad) still screams disability and infirmity – its still as patronising and ill thought out as contract hospital furniture. All thats missing is a commode beneath the seat.

    And how is it practical to saddle the lamp with the grossly overwrought solution of a blooming great marble block? It may be a synch to lift and manoeuvre when you’re aged between 18 – 50, but this contraption is meant for people aged over 65 with deteriorating limbs, muscles, and bones.

    This is a solution for the delectation of designers, not older people.

    douglas says:
  • … oh, and it doesn’t look contemporary, just more of the insincere contrived modesty every design suffers from lately – epitomised by the bare wood, broom-handle style on the tables.

    douglas says:
  • Looks like someone hasn’t been getting any for some time. Go work out in a gym or something before you burst a vein.

    Guys, the stuff is great and inspirational. Pay no attention to Doug here, his opinion is like an explosion in space, no one hears it and obviously doesn’t contribute to anything to elderly issues. 🙂

    K says:

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