Longevity - Live Learn Work Play

de Fiddes was thrilled to be invited to join Curtin University in a bid for a Cooperative Research Centre.  We attended the first workshop, joining approximately 10 other organisations, on 6th August and met the CRC bid partners from Queensland. 

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Textiles for Sensory Design

Sensory enriched environments are familiar to many aged care organisations with some providing sensorial specific rooms using concepts similar to Snoezelen. However, is there too much emphasis on visual stimulation and high technology equipment in these rooms? A fascinating study shows there is more to flashing lights to provide meaningful sensory input.

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A moment with textile artist Ruth de Vos

This month we explore textural textiles and who better to interview than the much loved illustrator and textile artist, Ruth de Vos. A Western Australian local, Ruth’s talent with both pencil and stitch is breathtaking as she interprets the beautiful moments of small children and their surroundings.

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Something For Everyone

As designers we are always seeking great spaces that demonstrate a new or innovative approach. Singapore’s Enabling Village located in Redhill does just that being both a park destination and part of the neighbourhoods daily commute network.

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What's new at DFD!?

Travel seems to feature highly in this month’s newsletter.  Samantha is off in September to present The E’s in Research – Expertise and E-Delphi at the Aging and Social Change 9th Conference in Vienna. Needless to say we are all volunteering to carry her luggage!  So good luck Sam and stay tuned for an update for when she gets back.

Also Erin, Kathryn and Christine have just come back from Sydney after visiting the Interface factory. 

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Mid Year Design News And Trends

Well winter is definitely upon us and I don’t know about everyone else but I have found this year so far to be incredibly cold and wet.  I know we all have different ideas and perceptions of cold so maybe mine is because I’m getting a little older!!

This month the girls have been invited to a number of different and interesting supplier presentations.Tarkett recently had a speaker discussing Trends and Forecasts

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Hey Google, Play Me A Song

Our theme this month is ‘identity’ so how does that translate into product or design in a residential aged care facility?

At de Fiddes Design we look at it from two aspects - how do you design spaces that identify with so many different residents living under one roof? Secondly, what type of product can be offered to help with identity or personalisation?

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Maintaining Personal Identity As We Age

Identity can be defined in a social or a personal context. Social identity considers how people see or define themselves in relation to a social group. It can also be how others see us.  Personal identity is based on the unique attributes distinguishing individuals from others. 

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

From Little Things Big Things Grow

How incredibly inspiring is the work by Hungarian fibre artist Ágnes Herczeg. Formed from colourful lace and all natural materials, each small scene of nature floats in mid air and is attached to a piece of natural, found wood.

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A Social Responsibility

Surely 450 Scientists cannot be wrong!  This month we are talking about sustainability. 

The latest UN report that was released last week revealed that 1 million species are at risk because of a range of human activities.  I don’t know about you but I find this incredibly troubling and we should all be outraged. 

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Sustainable Design Solutions

Sustainable and affordable, is that possible?  Finding products that match both criteria is always a challenge and now with the release of the new UN report it has become essential that we find products that are sustainable.  Thankfully there are a number to choose from that tick the right boxes.  Of course the other important thing to consider is the life cycle costing.  In the long run does the product save you money as well as saving the planet!!

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Congratulations Warrigal!

Whilst Warrigal won the ACSA National Award for Aged Care Provider of the Year in 2018, did you know they were awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award in 2017 and are the first aged care provider to be Gold partner in NSW’s Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme?  Read on to find out more about how Warrigal committed to achieving real environmental improvements!

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Colouring our World as We Age

This month we were asked to contribute an article in a new eMag called TILT by Build in Common. For any of you who haven’t heard of them Build in Common was created to EMPOWER, ENABLE and DE-MYSTIFY the process of building or renovating.

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Who Nose About This?

Anna Wolf and Alex Bahar-Fuchs from the University of Melbourne recently wrote an article in The Conversation titled “An impaired sense of smell can signal cognitive decline, but ‘smell training’ could help” to explain that as we get older, we can experience problems with the sense of smell. 

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Pleasure and Purpose right under our nose!

Familiarity and reminiscence products are something we are always on the look out for in aged care. One of the simplest ways, of course, is by using essential oils.  However, you need to be careful about using them as they can be very potent.  Aesop, a brand that deals entirely in the uplifting power of plants, ran a promotion called “Purpose and Pleasure” .

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