Handicapped children need specific products, often costly to buy, which sometimes stigmatize them in the eyes of others. How can designers position themselves with a design for all approach and help these children be better integrated socially?
The aim of the project is to produce everyday products which meet the needs of autistic children, but which can be used by everyone. The preference was for simple materials and technology, inspired by the manufacturing of traditional sofas. Throughout the project, medical and welfare professionals as well as children and parents were called on to give their opinions or redirect the project.
On the face of it, Welfare is a "sofa", designed with maximum adaptability in mind. The different modules can be used independently and are fun to use. They can be placed on the floor or on the sofa, and meet the specific needs of autistic children yet can also be used for many other purposes.
Welfare is one of the 18 projects exhibited at Design(s), l’expo 2013.