Universally designed kitchen

February 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm 5 comments

I continue to enjoy locating products on the market that are both universally designed as well as aesthetically pleasing. This universally designed contemporary kitchen, crafted by Snaidero, is spot-on. What makes the features in this kitchen even more appealing is the fact that the company tested their ideas and prototypes “in the spinal unit at the Gervasutta Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine in Udine, Italy, for patients in wheelchairs… to test out and give feedback.” Click on this link, and corresponding slideshow, and let me know your thoughts.

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  • 1. Bill Ziegler  |  February 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I like the oven in the kitchen, Is that a microwave or a conventional oven? I was wondering if there ovens that opened from the side instead of pull down.

    Makes getting food out easier then a pull down. Closer to the oven. pull downs make you further away from a chair as you know.

    Now if some one could make an oven that faces a counter. So hot food could be pulled straight from an oven to the counter, instead of lifted from the oven or put on a lap which should never be done.

  • 2. empowerability  |  February 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Hi Bill,
    Thank you for the comment. There are only a few ovens on the market that open to the side. They are a bit pricey, but a great purchase. Just below the oven in this picture is a pull out shelf, that allows a person to take the pan out of the oven and rest it on the shelf (counter) below, before transporting it to another area in the kitchen.
    As for traditional ovens, if the oven is placed at a lowered height and there is enough space on either side of it when it is opened, it is much easier to access from a wheelchair from the side versus the front, which eliminates the issue of the door being in the way.

  • 3. Wally Dutcher  |  February 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    As a designer who has been a quadriplegic since May, 1956 and also owned a cabinet manufacturing company, this design is neither practicable or marketable. It’s undoubtedly pricey and I question the access to the oven. There is insuffiiciant storage and I doubt the user/homeowner would be satisfied with having to constantly maneuver the mobile storage units as well as having everything exposed as an esthetic choice. The cooktop is insufficient in size as is the basin. People have gotten used to and undoubtedly prefer having a diswasher. It not only seves as a cleaning/santizing item but also atemporary storage element.

  • 4. William Young  |  February 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Wow, I think I may have to disagree with Wally. Coming from a guy who’s been a quadriplegic since 1992. Wally you have 39 years on me but I personally love the design. It’s open, spacious, and convenient. I went to a friends, a para and he had a similar open space design, it works well. If you go to http://www.snaidero-usa.com they have better photos. The stove is standard, and the sink looks larger then what i use now. Overall, I thinks it’s pretty cool!

  • 5. Bruce McCulloch  |  March 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for first aid for a heart attack and your post looks very interesting for me.


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