What an exciting month it has been! Not only have we been published in the journal of Aging and Social Change: Designing for Dementia but also being interviewed for the Home Journal Asia Magazine for our project we are working on in Hong Kong.Read More
We are thrilled to let you know that we have officially been published in the journal of Aging and Social Change!Read More
Combining evidence based research and clinical input from allied health professionals has enabled Western Australian furniture manufacturer Torrance and McKenna to develop a premium lounge chair called the Brighton.Read More
Beautiful textures, fascinating sensory sculptures and rich colours were on display at this year's Shanghai trade fairs! We can't wait to get our hands on some of the many exciting new pieces on offer.Read More
Make a statement with textiles!
Judit Just is a tapestry artist from Barcelona who explores tactile textiles in her stunning collection of wall hangings.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Poor design is a barrier to accessing products and services for at least five million Australians! A body of work by the Centre for Inclusive Design has resulted in a resource called The Benefit of Designing for Everyone.Read More
Our theme this month ‘inclusive design’ we believe is very appropriate and in line with the new standards that commenced 1 July. The Guidance and Resource book talks about inclusion and the word inclusive is used throughout.Read More
Moscow based photographer Ilya Nodia creates a touching portrait photography series of elderly ladies and gents titled Smile doesn't get old.Read More
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 ForecastsRead More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!!Read More
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!Read More