What will this world be like if there is no love? No compassion? No affection? Will it still be a desirable place to live in? What would be our source of happiness?
Love knows no boundaries – across nation, across different cultures, and across different ages. Love blossoms and will continue to grow as we age; and it is probably what inspired this designer to make a piece of furniture for oldies.
Elena Tamburini, a young Italian designer, created a line of products and accessories called the Filotea Collection. This collection is directed elderly to facilitate affection amongst old couples. What’s in the collection? A mirror, a brush, a table, and a walker; just daily essentials but designed differently.
For example, Filotea Collection’s table offers two arm rests where the couples can rest their arms and touch each other’s without feeling any strains. “The caress is the confirmation of an affection, an essential gesture that contains inner balance,” explained the designer. “Through this act we feel recognised, and that is why it can help with acceptance of the body.”
When creating The Filotea Collection, Tamburini got the idea and the inspiration from her hometown in Italy where 30% of the population is in fact, elderly. Because of that very reason, it became a need for innovation and a challenge at the same time. To contribute and support to the elderly community so that they can live their lives with love around them, affection, and happiness. But of course the products are not limited only to elderly, anyone can use them.
The Otello mirror in the collection has feathers to add some pretty elements to the object, in hopes to boost the elder woman’s confidence. Aside from its look, the mirror is also lightweight and ergonomic so that it is very easy and practical to use by older people.
The walker is called Mirella walking frame. It functions as a helper to walk but also as a helper to dance together with partner. “Music and dance unite people, and bind us to memories and our history. Elderly people love to dance a lot, because it reminds them of the good moments of their lives,” said Tamburini.
It would be nice to see furniture pieces being designed so thoughtfully and so targeted-ly, especially to elderly as they are the people who have had so many years of memories before them. Creating an object for them would be facilitating them flashing back all the good and loving memories they have with loved ones.
(Photo credits: dezeen)