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No Country for Old Men

4 June 2012

Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai are a pair of designers who represent the contemporary world very well: she is Italian, he is from Singapore, and they met at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. For a couple of years now they have earned themselves a reputation on the international scene with designs that blend different cultures. This year they have created a series of elements to help elderly people who have difficulty in moving carry out everyday activities (such as reading, writing, sitting, drinking coffee). The No Country for Old Men collection comprises a support for walking that incorporates a table or a magazine rack; a chair that tilts to accompany the sitter’s movement as he or she gets up and that is fitted with curved arms to make them easier to grip; a stand that lets people use a tablet while seated on the couch. There is even a lamp with a magnifying screen for those with deteriorating eyesight. The design of the objects unites intelligent functionality with a taste that could be described as youthful. What more could we ask? Someone willing to put them into mass production, for example.  (via Designboom)

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Roberta Mutti

She sits astride Italy, Belgium and Southeast Asia, and sometimes falls off. When asked what she does, she replies: I do things, see people. She has been writing about furniture for twenty years and is still not tired of it, in spite of everything. She has no free time, and is not even interested in it. For her it’s enough not to have to go to the same office everyday. She mixes with unlikely people, and contributes to Klat for this very reason.


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