Tokyo Street Libraries!

This month we would like to explore design in a slightly different way and think a little more creatively. 

As our topic is about the “Power of Words” I thought I would highlight a wonderful library design that I saw in a park in Tokyo. 

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Bibliotherapy, What is it and how can it help?

Bibliotherapy, simply put, it is the use of literature to help people deal with their ailments. Information is emerging on the positive impact it may have on the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Internationally recognised, bibliotherapy involves the provision of carefully selected and evaluated books (fiction and non-fiction) and poetry. 

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Research Driven Design

The power of words was no better illustrated than at the Aging & Society 8th Interdisciplinary Conference held in Tokyo last month. The discussions and papers were really interesting and very much focused on the latest evidence based research. I was speaking at the Conference and my talk was entitled “Design is not for Philosophy; it’s for Life” which is a famous quote by Issey Miyake. 

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The Joy of Reading

Creativity can be found everywhere. Even in a library through the placement of book spines to create an image!

We always strive to include libraries and or reading nooks in each project for those to enjoy some time away to relax with a good book!

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Calming Effects of Weighted Blankets

There is a huge body of evidence to support the use of weighted items to help calm a person and there are a variety of ways weight treatment can be incorporated into therapy sessions and daily activities.

The product we would like to showcase this month is the weighted blanket. The weighted blanket is currently perceived by both consumers and staff as one of the most helpful of the sensory tools used by people during crisis states. For those of you who can’t sleep there is evidence to support using weighted blankets to relieve Insomnia!

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Relax, Refresh, Repeat

Our newsletter this month is all about Calm and nothing could be calmer or more relaxing than going on holidays. Kathryn and I ventured off recently to celebrate a friends 60th birthday in Cambodia and whilst places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are frenetic, cruising down the Mekong on a beautiful old timber sailing ship certainly was very relaxing. 

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Inner Peace

A recent study showed important components of design which can support the well-being of the elderly to include a variety of spaces, comfort and safety. This led to discussion in the office on ‘calmness’ and various ways this can be achieved. What better source of inspiration than the poets, leaders and brave people of yesteryear?

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Art and Emotion

As designers we know art can often affect our mood and create ambience within a space.
 
Colour, technique and placement encourage different reactions and emotions. Lively colours will often give a feeling of generally having more energy, while darker colours can bring a sense of melancholy along with a calming, reassuring effect.

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Intergenerational Play

This month I would like to highlight Intergenerational play equipment by Lappset.

Play is important to us all both young and old and having equipment that both generations can use together or individually is important.  It also give us a wonderful opportunity to come together to interact and play. 

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The wisdom of the ages

Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child (R.Wild)

Many societies have changed over time with fewer families living near or spending time with older family members. 

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A Colourful Life

We love working with colour and texture particularly when you find that perfect paint shade! Paint can be such a simple way to change things up and this calming Dulux Light Leaf green is perfect for lifting the mood in these mid winter days.

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Mid Year Design News

I don't know if it is because I am getting older but I am astonished that 6 months has flown by and we are about to enter the second half of the year - which I know is going to be as jam packed and as exciting as the first half.

We have just had our delightful client Maria from Hong Kong visit our office with her wonderful team. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show them several aged care facilities as well as some of our WA hospitality.

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Grab rail, hand rail or rail by any other name!

Rails assist with balance, support and transfers so the selecting the right product for your needs as well ensuring compliance with standards such as AS1428 is important. There are different types and applications….

Horizontal rails are effective for side transfers from wheelchairs onto toilets and can provide some forearm support during sit to stand transfers whereas the vertical or angled rails provide support throughout the sit to stand transfer. Often both are present. Either horizontal or vertical can be installed in showers depending on need and position of any existing fixtures.

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Ensafe handrails grabbing our attention!

Getting excited about handrails is not generally something I would normally do! However, a new product called Ensafe has definitely caught my attention. 

Ensuites are normally dominated by stainless steel grab rails that look cold, institutional and resemble a hospital.  Residential care facilities need to feel warm, friendly and inviting and the one area we find very difficult to achieve this is in the bathrooms.  So you can imagine how thrilled we were to find a new product that has just been released called Ensafe. 

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