As aging baby boomers proliferate, the design community has become increasingly attuned to their needs. Take Dirk Biotto. The Berlin-based industrial designer has created a kitchen prototype that aims to make cooking a meal easier, safer, and more accessible for the elderly.
Called ChopChop, his design features a counter that is height adjustable and a backboard that hangs easily accessible kitchen utensils. An extendable hose allows pots to be filled from greater distances, so people don’t have to lug heavy pots of water across the kitchen. And if you want to fill a pot directly from the tap, a sloped sink makes it easy to slide heavy pots onto the working surface. The kitchen also takes inspiration from woodworking, and features a vise, which secures bottles and cans in place for easy opening.
Biotto was careful to ensure that his design was compatible for people who are amputees or who do not have the use of both arms. The counter fixes vegetables into place with steel bolts—for individuals who have trouble holding and cutting vegetables at the same time. And a grater embedded into the work surface lets people grate with one hand, while a drawer underneath collects the shavings. Although Biotto's design is only a prototype, we imagine that these smart alterations will become more widespread as accessible design gains traction.