No Country For Old Men
by Lanzavecchia + Wai


No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Italian-Singaporean designers Lanzavecchia + Wai have designed a collection of aids for the elderly with styling that's more domestic than medical.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Called No Country For Old Men, the series includes walking canes with integrated trays, iPad stands or baskets, a chair that's easier to get out of thanks to a foot bar for tipping it forward and a lamp with a magnifying screen.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Materials like wood and marble integrate the pieces in a domestic interior where their standard counterparts can feel alien outside a clinical environment.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

They presented the objects as part of Salone Satellite at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Yves Behar recently collaborated with new brand Sabi to launch a range of medical aids to tackle the stigma of products normally associated with hospitals and nursing homes for a design-conscious ageing population. Read more in our earlier story.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

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No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile took place from 17 to 22 April. See all our stories about Milan 2012 here, plus photos on Facebook and Pinterest.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Photographs are by Davide Farabegoli.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Here's some more information from the designers:

No Country for Old Men - A Collection of Domestic Objects for the Elderly

The No Country for Old Men collection: Together canes, MonoLight table lamps & Assunta chair

During the Milan Design Week 2012, Lanzavecchia + Wai, a creative studio of Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai presented No Country for Old Men, a collection of domestic objects for the elderly.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

To read, to get-up, to move yourself and your possessions around, at home; the project "No Country for Old Men" is a small family of objects that is not only attentive to the daily difficulties encountered by the elderly, but also how it can finally complement our domestic living spaces and acquired laziness.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Together Canes - T-Cane, U-Cane & I-Cane - walking aids for living, not just mobility.

The activity spheres that exist in a home become fluid and blurred with modern living habits and mobile devices. The T, U and I-canes not only provide interstitial support to the elderly, but also allow them and modern dwellers to bring along their tea-time, a collection of magazines and books and also to prop up their iPad for viewing from the sofa or typing out an email or document.

T-Cane - the cane designed for our grandmothers to keep on carrying the tea tray.

U-Cane - the container cane that can be a magazine holder, a knitting basket or…

I-Cane - the iPad cane for the Elderly 2.0.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

The aging process brings about a natural decline in muscle tone and bone density that contributes to decreased mobility, stability, strength and endurance. Actions that are taken for granted can become more difficult with age. Simply standing up from a chair is difficult for some seniors due to muscle mass and strength losses. This is aggravated by our increasingly sedentary work-and-lifestyles.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Assunta assists by appropriating the user’s own body weight as leverage by stepping on the foot bar and as well as assures stability by having arm-rests that follow this tilting motion.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Informed by contemporary choices of material and expression, both aesthetical and functional, Assunta assumes its domestic role by assisting this common action of getting up from a chair as a considered and holistic product.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

MonoLight Table Lamp - a lamp that illuminates & magnifies. Eye-sight deteriorates with age and long-hours in front of the computer screen.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

MonoLight is a handsome table lamp with a magnifying screen and LED components housed in a CNC-machined aluminium enclosure, anchored to a dodecagon-profiled marble base, to enable various degrees of viewing angles.

No Country For Old Men by Lanzavecchia + Wai

The lamp comes in both portrait and landscape models to fit the reader’s viewing preference, and to change the angle, a simple gesture of tilting the aluminium frame whilst the heft of the marble piece keeps it in the desired position.

  • Panulli

    I know that this comment might receive a lot of negative feedback ….. but seriously: Why would elderly people need an iPad stand?

    • jef

      I think perhaps for them to Facetime/Skype with their grandkids, or for the other members of the family to use from time to time. Looks like the pieces can be for everyone anyways.

    • GUEST

      Not offended at all by your comment, but for the record, my 90 year-old grandmother just got an iPad for her birthday and LOVES it! Rock on.

    • vertigo66

      I was in the apple shop and a quite elderly guy sat down across from me…and got it immediately.. he was off and away with no help or instruction. I have heard similar stories a few times. it is by far the most 'accessible' of computer designs and could almost be thought of as a computer for elderly/less able. Also, some of us will get to old age quite soon and would like to continue to use our tablet computers in comfort! I applaud the designers of these products, the changing world demographics and economy are going to force this issue to be confronted more and more and designers need to be made aware of the problems associated with age and ageing populations.

  • jed_

    i'm not entirely sure all of these are useful or would work but it's good to see design being focussed on these "unglamorous" problems. well done.

  • This collection seem like a great idea. How often we find that products targeted for the elderly are not aesthetically pleasing or warm to the touch.

    I would very much like to see a video of this chair in action. I have only a slight concern about possible slips if the floor surface is too smooth, but otherwise it seems like a sound idea worthy of an award.

    And the iPad stand really made me think how we take for granted that our seniors are not taking advantage of our modern gadgets. And also about our seemingly lofty expectations that the Singularity will deliver us from what is still imminent: the eventual decay of our bodies.

  • alo

    Im not elderly but I really like the Moonlight table light.

  • I think all of it is perfectly brilliant and timely. It is about time that someone designed for the majority of where the population is at today. And just to put my two cents in, have you looked at who is using the Ipad lately?????

  • Cr8k

    Great ideas. Only concern is whether or not the wheels would be hazard, unless they were spring auctioned for pressure in order to stop it from rolling away, while someone leans their weight on it to get up or sit down.

  • Maybe a way to get my Granny & Granda interested in design…

  • A walking stick should give stability to elderly people’s walk and I don’t think that this is given by a walking stick with rolls at the bottom. They will slip away like Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Along came Polly”.

    • I don't think these are meant to replace a cane or walking stick, but make it easier for elderly folks to move about trays and small items without the need to carry them.

  • markus brown

    these are great! will they be made available for purchase? where and when?

  • JMaav

    The only thing I see missing from the first three (rolling stands) are some brakes! They would seem far safer to me if there was a brake on at least one wheel. Talk about spilling your tea – how about having this roll away from you…

  • Stokes

    Looks rather silly and self-fulfilling.

  • My favorite is the MonoLight. I'm not elderly but I sure could use it. When will these products be available for purchase? And will there be an affiliate program?

  • This collection looks great, but I think a walking stick should give grip and stability to elderly people and I don’t think that this is given by a walking stick with rolls at the bottom. There may be a chance of slipping. And I like MonoLight table lamps & Assunta chairs. These are very useful to elderly people.