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Spotlight: Healthcare
We highlight projects and products bringing affordable, accessible and design-forward healthcare to those who need it most.
Michael Graves Brings Expertise in Healthcare Design to CVS
Mobile Medical Clinics that Fit Into Tight Spaces and Budgets
RIOS Provides Cancer Patients with a Change of Scenery
Spotlight: Healthcare
Spotlight: Healthcare

“If an elderly person has a fall, there is a 30 per cent chance they won’t live past a year, and a 60 per cent chance they’ll never regain the function they previously had.” Donald Strum, principal of product design at Michael Graves Design, cites this alarming statistic as a main catalyst behind a new collaboration between the renowned design firm (creator of the iconic “whistling bird” teakettle for Alessi) and American medical retailer CVS. The collection is divided into two categories: mobility (which includes a travel walker and two canes — one foldable, one C-grip) and bathroom safety, with a commode, raised toilet seat and shower chair.

The Easy Fold Travel Walker features a (replaceable) rubber grip foot that pops...

Healthcare design often focuses on how to make care settings feel less institutional, more tranquil and better suited to healing. But what role can design play when the issue at hand isn’t atmosphere but lack of access?

That’s what New Delhi-based Architecture Discipline set out to explore when the pandemic took hold in India, where an already fragmented, underfunded and inaccessible healthcare system was buckling under the weight of skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers. Led by principal Akshat Bhatt, the firm developed the low-cost, easily installed prefab Life Community Medical Facility (LifeCMF) concept. The proposed building material was upcycled shipping containers: “They’re robust and available at a fairly economical price,”...

Warm, comforting and serene is not how cancer treatment centres are typically described. But then, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC is far from typical. Doctor David Agus, the clinic’s founding director, “wants to change ‘the soil of the body’ so cancer can’t find a home anymore,” says Melanie Freeland, studio director at RIOS, the multidisciplinary Los Angeles firm responsible for the interiors of the method-busting centre that focuses on patient-forward cancer prevention, care and research.

Robert Indiana’s iconic HOPE sculpture signals the overall ambition of the cancer treatment clinic. Designed by RIOS, its interiors are replete with inviting elements like rich wood and...