Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Miscellaneous, Press coverage | Comments Off
One of the delights of working with the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton is that many of the tutors are talented artists, makers and craftspeople in their own right.
Gareth Neal, with whom I have been working on our Designing for the Future project, is no exception and it is fantastic to see his Orkney Chair, a collaboration with traditional Orkney chair maker Kevin Gauld and The New Craftsmen, on the front cover of House & Garden’s Christmas Edition. Gareth’s design merges the thinking and knowledge gained from the Bodging project and the traditions of the Windsor chair, combining it with the unique straw work of the Orkney isles.
You can see Gareth’s work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His George III chest is now in the permanent collection at the V&A’s 20th Century Gallery. The chest was acquired in September and first went on display during London Design Festival in the New Acquisitions Gallery
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Housing, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
I was delighted to be asked to contribute a Viewpoint piece by Housing LIN about design for aging and in particular to share my experience and some of the outcomes from our Designing for the Future project with Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton.
Housing LIN is a professional network supporting over 5,800 people working in housing, health and social care to provide the latest policy, practice, research and innovation in housing with care for older and vulnerable people. The Housing LIN also has a particular focus on extra care housing due to its previous incarnation overseeing the Department of Health’s Extra Care Housing Fund (2004-2010). However, it is now independent of the Department and works closely with trade and professional bodies.
To find out more about Housing LIN and to read the article, CLICK HERE
Posted: October 4th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
Nice mention for our Designing for the Future competition in an article called “Designs on Old Age” in this week’s Libertine magazine as an example of projects which use design as a means of fostering relationships. Florence Pike’s “Tea for Two” from last year is featured. Florence’s design aims to alleviate loneliness by drawing people to the garden fence to share a cup of tea. To read the article in full, go to http://www.interestedwomen.com/index.php/designs-on-old-age
Posted: August 1st, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
We were delighted that our Designing for the Future Competition was featured in The Daily Express as part of the coverage for the Design Zone at this year’s Mobility Roadshow.
Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
We are thrilled that The Future Perfect Company has been featured on the The Living Map of Innovators which is a Nesta aging project.
Looks interesting (and not just because we are featured!)
For more details, click on The Living Map of Innovators
Posted: January 23rd, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Miscellaneous, Press coverage | Comments Off
We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated in two categories in this year’s 50+ Awards!
The 50+ Awards are organised and presented by the 50+ Show, and are solely based on the internet nominations and votes of those who are aged 50+.
The Future Perfect Company has been nominated in two categories – Best 50+ website and Best 50+ Small Business.
We are up against some fierce competition (Facebook, Google!) and we would be really grateful if you would vote for us.
Many thanks – we will keep you posted!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN THE 50+ AWARDS
Posted: January 16th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Care, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
Nice write up for The Future Perfect Company today on the Caron Cares blog.
“Just because people are older does not mean they become dull and if you are looking for something practical with a good design and a bit of flair to it then this is the shop to visit. To finish off the service the company also sell cards and gift wrap which are also beautiful and innovative.”
Thanks, Caron. Much appreciated!
To read the blog post in full, Click Here
Posted: January 12th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
As we are about to launch our student design competition, Designing for the Future, at the University of Brighton for the fourth year, check out our guest post telling the story behind the competition for designer, Richard Child’s This Includes blog.
“Designing for the Future” run by The Future Perfect Company in conjunction with the University of Brighton is now in its fourth year and encourages student designers to think about the challenges and issues affecting our ageing population – and to create innovative and attractive and designs which allow older people to continue to live enjoyable, active and independent lives.
Posted: November 18th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Fashion, Press coverage | Comments Off
Really delighted that our student design competition, “Designing for the Future”, featured last week on the blog of US company, Omhu, designers of very beautiful walking sticks.
“November 16, 2012 Designing For The Future
We’re always pleased to find like-minded people operating in the same spaces and spheres that Omhu moves in, and we just heard about this UK initiative called The Future Perfect Company. They happen to run a yearly “Designing for the Future” contest in conjunction with the University of Brighton, which “encourages student designers to think about the challenges and issues affecting the UK’s aging population – and to create innovative and attractive designs which allow older people to continue to live enjoyable, active, and independent lives.” Some of the end products include an amazing-looking Music Memory Box which uses different stimuli to help those suffering from dementia to retrieve their identity. Quite frankly, we love this initiative and really hope to see more like this develop around the world.”
To visit the blog, go to http://omhu.com/blog
We will be talking about the competition and designer Chloe Meineck will be showcasing her Music Memory Box at Aging 2.0′s next event at the Google London Campus next week. For more details, including how to book, CLICK HERE
Posted: November 6th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Designing for the Future Competition - University of Brighton, Inclusive design, Press coverage | Comments Off
I am really excited to have been invited to talk at the next Aging 2.0 event in London on 22 November at Google’s new CampusLondon venue.
Aging 2.0 (@agingtoo, #aging2) is a global network of innovators working in the 50+ market. They are creating an interdisciplinary, collaborative community drawn from business, research, policy, design and technology, together with older adults themselves. The mission is to accelerate innovation to improve the quality of life for older adults around the world.
The events bring a diverse collection of people together informally over drinks and good discussions to grow a the “connective tissue” that supports an ecosystem of innovation. Theygenerally start off with some ‘big picture’ perspectives from researchers, novel thinkers or industry veterans, which is followed by pitches from startup companies.
November’s event has a great line up of speakers including Halima Khan from Nesta, marketing guru Dick Stroud (if you only ever read one book on the 50+market, read his), Rama Gheerao from Helen Hamyln Centre for Design and pitches from The Amazings and The Ode.
We will be talking about our Designing for the Future Competition and designers Hanna Mawbey and Chloe Meineck will be presenting their projects.
For more details, including how to register, go to : http://a2london1211-estw.eventbrite.com/