Within Industrial Design at Aalborg University, three co-students works together to develop and complete this master thesis project. This project adress the problems with interior, atmosphere and furniture within the psychiatry. More specific the closed departments.
The frame for this project, concerns developing a furniture (ABRACE) fitting in the common rooms, helping the patient to be independent by controlling the amount and need of stimuli within the passive hours of the treatment.
We want to create a product design within behavioural healthcare at the psychiatric department that will create a better working environment and give the patients a better experience of well-being.
Abrace are developed in collaboration with several patients, occupational therapists, and nurses of the Danish psychiatric departments. The idiom, colours and mix of materials are specifically chosen to ensure the possibility of using Abrace in forming a cosy and homelike environment within public health facilities. The surfaces of the chair is easy to clean with the carefully chosen, easy cleanable and extremely durable fabrics. The composition of materials is strategically placed to prevent the ware on the product, and ensure it can withstand the occasionally harsh treatment it may be exposed to. Abrace can be ordered with multiple unique features, to help stimulate the users in an coming way. Heavy blankets for both thighs and chest helps provide a grounding and relaxing feeling. There is also the possibility of and integrated swing, which can be adjusted to fit both tall and short users. The swing provides comfortable support for the feet, and allows a swaying movement to help resolve restlessness in legs. Abrace is made to create a comfortable homely feeling, by providing comfort and clam surroundings, and can also give a distraction