A memory can be evoked from a smell, a piece of music, a colour or a piece of furniture.
Which is exactly what Craig Ferguson, design and development manager at Teal Living had in mind for the latest seating range from Teal Living.
Craig imagined a new range of residential care home seating and created it! Breaking away from traditional design standards, the latest range of residential seating is called Evoke. With its retro styling and individual upholstery styling the design harks back to the 1950s and early 60s fashioning, a style many care home residents will have first-hand experience of.
“I deliberately took my inspiration from 1950s and 1960s styling,” Craig said.
“The chances are the end user would remember first-hand this styling and relate to our product – you can’t underestimate the sense of security that can provide an elderly person in a care home, especially one with dementia.”
Starting with the frame production the critical dimensions were finely tuned and design features added. Not forgetting ergonomics and the sit-to-stand assistance consideration, such as width and height, the angle of the seat and back were established by hands-on development in the studio.
“A lot of work went into the seat design. Clearly our products have to look right, but they have to perform. The seat platform tapers towards the back providing comfortable anchorage at the base of the spine, the curved of the arms offers sit-to-stand leverage, whilst the high back design meets the head delivering additional support for maintained comfort.”
Continuing to design with health and wellbeing in mind, special attention is also paid to infection control. The beech frames have an anti-bacterial lacquer Medicote™ that provides protection against MRSA, e.coli, Salmonella, Bacillus cereus and other bacteria.
Specialist fabrics are carefully chosen, not just for aesthetics but also to provide stain resistance, waterproof barriers, anti-microbial and antifungal properties, which are all designed to withstand regular cleaning without compromising the look and feel of the product.
Sara Jane Farrow, national business manager at Teal Living, said: “Craig’s idea of evoking memories really fits with our aim of designing for non-clinical environments. What could be better than feeling safe and at ease in your favourite chair whilst discussing fond memories? It’s about creating a connection and a bond, that very essence of being human and being treated like a human being, with care and dignity. Craig has really achieved this, the Evoke range is a beautiful assortment of furniture.”