An emerging company, focusing on modern design for the aging baby boomer generation, tasked me with creating a line of products for the home. The suite of products consisted of three serving utensils oriented around holiday entertaining; a carving knife, a carving fork, and a cake/pie server. The other two products are a reacher and a light cane. The products needed to be ergonomically designed for ease of use and comfort, relatively lightweight, and elegant. It was crucial that they not have a medical feel, often associated with geriatric design.
This line, Layers, focuses on an ergonomic handle where the form has been sliced into layers of stainless steel and silicone. The silicone provides comfort and grip, and adds a vibrant pop of color. The stainless steel on the handle has a matte texture to provide added grip. The curvature of each handle is designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious feel.
The carving blade, carving fork tongs and pie server blade each sit at an angle to their handle, allowing the user to keep their wrist from twisting.
The cane’s handle has a flat top for added comfort. The cane’s stem and base have a flattened cylindrical shape, which is more compact and uses less material than the standard cylinder or rectangle, allowing for a lighter feel and easier mobility.The cane’s stem has a hole, allowing it to be hung on a hook.
The reacher’s handle is split into two halves, which when squeezed closes the grabber section. The grabber is magnetized to easily pick up metal items. The rubber liner provides grip to pick up other items.