As the large cohort of baby boomers continue to age and retire, design for accessibility becomes a big issue. With the goal of creating a more universal kitchen design suitable for the elderly and disabled, Berlin-based industrial designer Dirk Biotto takes a detail-oriented approach to daily tasks, using the idea of the wood workshop as inspiration for his accessible ChopChop kitchen scheme.
Biotto says that for the elderly and disabled,
...[preparing] their meal often becomes a hurdle and struggle with which they have to deal with every day. ChopChop is therefore designed in terms of universal design philosophy and provides help for disabled as well as not-disabled people for preparing daily meals and working in the kitchen.
This universality is expressed with features like a pegboard-like backboard that allows for plates, kitchen tools and utensils to be hung and organized within sight and easy reach, and a height-adjustable countertop that boasts a bevy of milled grooves that act as sink, storage and convenient pull-out container for grated foods.
The sink has an extendable hose for so that filling a pot with water or washing dishes doesn't involve too much strain on the hands and arms. The sink is even sloped so that one can slide heavy pots in and out with little fuss, and includes a slotted drying rack that fits right over, giving it a double function.
The workshop bench-like vice off to the side is brilliant, simplifying the opening of canned preserves and jars.
The synthesis of workshop with kitchen seems to work well, resulting in some smart improvements that any conventional kitchen could use. More over at Dirk Biotto.