It is necessary to go beyond the “standard man” idea and design to fulfil the needs of inclusion of everyday life.
The demographic statistics show how the developed countries are changing: the
longer life expectancy and a lower birth rate are causing the progressive increase
of old people in the adult population. Therefore is becoming very important
to enable a longer life independency for them in order to keep a sustainable
welfare system. This trend has also a strong influence in the "tout court" planning,
which nowadays must be permeated with an "inclusive" approach.
"Inclusive Design", "Universal Design", "Design for all" are some of the basic
concepts used for defining the Design practice, which may overcome the traditional
idea of "standard human being", a wishful thinking having a rare application
on daily life, which is on the other side marked by a deep diversity and strong
need of inclusion.
This young theory has the purpose of designing adequate environments and suitable
products for all people daily use, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
The aim is to make life easy according to the following main principles:
- to conceive and manufacture products which are fit and usable for persons
having different physical abilities;
- the article has to satisfy different tastes and single needs;
- the use of the item is easy to understand, regardless the consumer requirements,
culture, language and cognitive functions;
- the article offers the needed and concrete information to the consumer,
regardless the environmental conditions and sensory perceptions;
- the article is conceived for minimizing the risks and consequences of improper
use, accidental or unintentional actions;
- the article may be comfortably and easily used;
- suitable dimensions and spaces are foreseen for offering an easy access,
a comfortable and safe use, regardless the consumer height, balance and motility.
Spaces for freely mobility
The space required for people having different motion abilities.
Space needed for a normal person
Space needed for an aged person
Space needed for a weelchair
The required space offering a free, safe and adequate mobility for people having different physical disabilities must be analyzed with care.
The spaces required for people needing helping systems for independent walking.
Inclusive design collection
Ponte Giulio proposes in its “Safe Bathroom Program” a wide range of products, such as: grab rails, seats, accessories, walk-in bathtubs with doors an special sanitaryware, which offer a complete furnishing or enable to restyle a bathroom for whatever exigency regardless the age and the motion problem. Ponte Giulio mission has been and is the safety inside the bathroom, so to allow a total comfort and an environment free of any barriers.