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Multigenerational living | PRODUCTS


AKW’s


Independence Kitchen featuring ActivMotion rise and fall units


accessible and safe.


Where possible, doorways should be widened and the kitchen space itself should be kept relatively open so it is easier to navigate, and, accessible design experts recommend that the kitchen should be organised in such a way that there is sufficient space between cabinetry so that a wheelchair user can manoeuvre easily. A wraparound rise and fall worktop which can be easily adjusted to suit the needs of the user chould also be considered.


The sink and a hot water tap should be situated in easy reach of the hob and together on the same stretch of worksurface to avoid having to move hot pans off of


With myriad options for opening


mechanisms such as push-to-open and extra-long handles it’s easy to create a work space that can accommodate any user


Matt Phillips, head of UK operations, Rotpunkt


the surface, which could result in scalding.


A few furniture manufacturers are producing cabinetry which can be specified at different heights, offering greater design flexibility and great inclusivity.


A leader in the inclusive furniture market is AKW, a brand which specialises in a range of solutions for


August 2021 ·


the kitchen and bathroom. It says its ActivMotion Rise & Fall units are ideal for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues and can be operated at the touch of a button. Whether it’s the sink, the hob or even cupboards the brand says its ActivMotion technology can make any kitchen accessible for everyone. The leading edge actuation technology, it adds, makes the up and down movements virtually silent and fast moving. The simple and easy to use push button controls can be mounted anywhere along the front of the unit for ease of use and are clearly marked


with tactile up and down symbols. At the more general end of the market is the Pronorm Proline 128 range, which features base and wall units and can be increased or decreased in increments of 128mm so that the working heights for preparation, cooking, washing up and eating can be designed to the bespoke needs of the user. The height of


appliances can also be customised and so too can storage, with features such as 100% opening drawers that give the user full access and visibility to the contents and open shelving for easy access to everyday items such as pots and pans.


Abode’s Pronteau Prothia delivers water at 98°C, perfect for that morning cup of tea


Functional and organised Also considering ergonomics and cabinet heights to suit a range of functions and users is Rotpunkt. Head of UK operations, Matt Phillips comments: “With the kitchen island providing a natural hub, installing a breakfast bar at a comfortable height for wheelchair users ensures that everyone can feel included at meal times or when working from home. With myriad options for opening mechanisms, such as push-to-open and extra-long handles, it’s even easier to create a work space that can be arranged to accommodate any user, depending on their preferences and range of movement.”


Franke’s Atlas Neo Sensor tap reacts instantly to a simple movement


Storage, and plenty of it, should be planned in to any multigenerational kitchen design and of course, it should all be accessible. Blum have long been leaders in developing solutions which makes accessibility easy, meaning the user can avoid bending or stretching. Daval’s managing director Simon Bodsworth adds that a 


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