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The ONEWARE.

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Minimal . Lightweight . Beautiful.

 

Loren Lim‘s projects always are a result of extensive research and are about making life better for the users. The Bend created in collaboration with Russell Chew was the first one that designdaily.. featured and proves exactly what we stated above.

(click to know all about the Bend)

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is a one year individual project by Loren Lim where the first 6 months were spent on ethnography research and interviews –Studying and understanding their culture and behaviour so that the design would suit them more” – while the other half was dedicated to executing the project out by ideation, prototyping and users testing.

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I began my research by contacting a few organisations and association like disabled people associations (DPA) of Singapore to gather some insights. I also managed to meet up with a few people for a on site interview and even going to their house to see the condition that they are living in.” – says Loren.

The users includes those that are suffering from stroke, born with one arm and amputee users.” – He adds.

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Now, even though this project has been inspired by disability, it surely does not limit the user base of such product. Oneware can also be seen as a feature that can be applied to a lot if not all of our products. There are times where we all do find ourselves unable to use both our hands to attend to the task. Loren used the example of a Mother carrying a baby to explain this thought.

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I started off looking at a general range of products. However when I was studying the areas that they face most problems with, I found out that kitchenware is one of the most common problem they face and this apply to a  range of users from different age group and background.

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The Chopping Board module & Dish washing.

The chopping board, it has blades to hold the food down for the ease of cutting. The existing products in the market have chopping boards with nails attached to perform the same task. They might get the job done but these boards poses danger to the user and rest of the family members. So, these products should be designed with safety in mind. Which is the case with Oneware. (Depicted in the Image above)

The current prototypes are successfully tested and fully functional prototypes – The prototypes went through minor yet essential technical changes throughout the testing phase. The slight details like flexibility of the silicone have been adjusted to cater for them as their own functioning arm are weaker than the average.

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Stigma.

I realised that current existing assistive products tend to look very intrusive, thus aesthetically, I tried to make it as minimal as possible. I also tried to approach with making patterns on the silicone net that seems interesting and yet functional so that people would not view it as “weird” but refreshing/ appealing design.” Loren.

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Loren Lim on Bēhance.

 

 

 

 

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