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Danish Design Award 2017

We have proudly received the Danish Design Award for our aesthetic indoor rollator!

Here’s what the press wrote about it.


May 31, 2017 / Danish Design Award

DANISH DESIGN AWARD CELEBRATES TALENTS AND WELFARE DESIGN AT AWARD SHOW IN KOLDING

Round two of the Danish Design Award event took place on Wednesday night in Svane Shipping’s warehouse in Kolding harbour, where the winners of four new award categories and two special awards were announced. Among them are the game-changing Open Embassy, the aesthetic-functional walking frame Scandinavian Indoor, the expansive car-sharing concept GoMore and the partnership-building VenligBolig, which promotes the integration of refugee families. Awards also went to human-centred design in the ‘Young Talent’ category and to the audience favourite RAM’N in the ‘People’s Choice’ category.

It is a great pleasure to present the winners of the Danish Design Award 2017 in cooperation with this year’s partner municipality, Kolding, and D2i. The award-winners exemplify the high degree of innovation and value in the solutions created by designers and companies throughout the country. The winning solutions have a unique user focus that springs from Denmark’s strong design DNA and a social and environmental awareness that reflects our welfare society. Not least the young talents show empathic design solutions that generate value, says Henrik Weiglin, CEO of Denmark’s largest, independent design interest and industry organization, Design denmark (Dd).

The categories of the Danish Design Award reflect the full palette of design making a difference for individuals, companies and society. The award also demonstrates that design is the tool that makes companies competitive and enables them to develop new and superior solutions driven by empathy with users and clients. We consider it a shared task for public and private actors to promote the innovation that design generates throughout the country. That is why the broad cooperation we are witnessing tonight is so important – and such a pleasure to see, says Christian Bason, CEO of the Danish Design Centre.

The selection of finalists and award-winners reflects the broad scope of Danish design. It also serves as an excellent illustration that Danish business and industry and the public sector have embraced design as a tool, not only for creating attractive solutions but also for managing complex challenges on the users’ terms. As co-host of this year’s award show in Kolding, we are delighted to see the close collaboration of the Danish design field that makes it possible to celebrate and stage big events like the Danish Design Award across the country, says Thit Juul Madsen, CEO of D2i…

…In the Improved Welfare category, the winner is Scandinavian Indoor – a series of walking frames adapted to both indoor and outdoor use. For many people, the use of a walking frame is associated with a loss of personal dignity and identity in addition to the impact on the intimate domestic sphere when welfare technology is installed in the home. Scandinavian Indoor takes up this challenge with its functional design and harmonious expression, which puts the person centre stage and blends seamlessly into the home without introducing an institutional feel…

Read the full article here: www.danishdesignaward.com

 

Lightweight rollator gave Kirsten her freedom back

Our users are a huge source of inspiration. Especially when it comes to mobility, ageing and life quality. Our user Kirsten is one of those sources of inspiration. She was one of our very first users in Denmark and we can always count on her to give us feedback and share a couple of good stories.  

“I was just sitting in a radius of 50 metres and couldn’t do anything”

A couple of months ago Kirsten was interviewed by the Danish broadcasting station TV2, when they were doing a small feature about welfare technology and rollators. This week she is yet again in the spotlight in an interview with the Danish Magasine ‘Hendes Verden’. As part of a theme about assistive aids, she shares some wise words about using a rollator. After all this spotlight we figured it was time to share the story about how byACRE met Kirsten – and share some of Kirsten’s wise words.

When byACRE met Kirsten: Post knee surgery and longing for freedom

Kirsten received her first rollator in 2007, when she had to train after a hip surgery. It went great for a while, and the hips were working as they should. She therefore only used the rollator for training purposes. As she put it herself “it wasn’t a rollator made for a stroll along the promenade”. Last year she underwent another surgery. This time it was the knee, and the surgery did not work in Kirsten’s favour. She now needed the rollator for more than just training purposes.

“At one time I was with the day center on a trip to a farm. But all of us with rollators couldn’t walk around, because the underlay consisted of pebbles, and the rollators couldn’t handle it”.

The rollator Kirsten had received from the municipality did not meet her requirements*. She loves to explore and meet new people, and her rollator wasn’t really up for these adventures. She needed something lighter, that did not cause pain in her hands on the longer walks, and she needed something that would fit in her car.

The Red Lightning

“Fortunately, I can figure out what the world has to offer even though I’m 81 years old. So, I googled and found my new rollator

After a search on Google she found byACRE, called us, and paid us a visit. She quickly decided on the Carbon Ultralight in Strawberry Red. Because “Why not red? Let it be red so it can be seen”. Kirsten calls her rollator “The Red Lightning” and have actually said that she enjoys walking with the rollator more than her dog. With her rollator she decides for herself when she wants to walk, but she gets the same attention as she would walking her dog.

“I feel worthy and experience being welcomed into stores in a different way. The other day I was sitting in a restaurant when someone came up and asked med about where my rollator was from”.

Freedom instead of longing

Even though Kirsten loves her rollator, she still dreams about being able to walk without it. But right now the rollator gives her peace of mind knowing that she does not lose her balance. “When you’ve tried falling and hurting yourself seriously, you are not sorry about your rollator. I am so happy for it. It gives med freedom instead of longing”.

Kirsten is only one of many byACRE users around the world, but her story is far from unique. For a lot of people, ageing will often lead to a need for more support while walking, and like Kirsten, when you get to that age, you still want to keep up the life you’re used to. Ageing does not entail a sudden stop in one’s need for adventure and social interaction. And it most certainly does not entail a wish to be portrayed and treated any differently. Because “Age is the new black”.

*Note: In Denmark, citizens who need assistive aids after a surgery, or whose functionality is permanently impaired, as a consequence of disability or chronic illness, is provided with an assistive aid; either from the hospital or the municipality.