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Going back to the drawing board

In the new year The Future Perfect Company will be changing. Gone will be the shop and instead the emphasis will shift to “Designing for the Future”. And here’s why. When I opened the shop 6 years ago, it was an attempt to focus on the ageing market. I was in my late 40s


DFF winner at Handmade in Kew

  Last week we were delighted to meet up again with the talented Jack Durling, runner up in our Designing for the Future competition in 2013, at Handmade at Kew where he was exhibiting some of his new work. Handmade at Kew is a unique opportunity to browse, buy or commission beautiful and original work direct from over 200 of

Allegro – making music with muscles

This year the Designing for the Future project with the University of Brighton produced many interesting designs for ageing. Here BSc sports product design student Arun Joshi talks about his design, Allegro which aims to reduce falls by strengthening leg muscles using music making : "Tasked with producing a product for the ageing population


DFF alumnus showcases his final year work

William Green entered his clock reminder project into our "Designing for the Future" Competition last year. Now about to graduate, he will be exhibiting his "Frugal" furniture and "Longevity Stools" at this year's Graduate Show at the University of Brighton. The idea behind the "Frugal Bench" (pictured) is to maximize the productivity of the material and address


IHus – an instant granny annex

Need extra space for a carer, a granny annex or simply just a downstairs bathroom or wetroom but can’t face the upheaval of re-configuring your home or building an extension? At Naidex South this year, I came upon a solution – the pre-fabricated iHUS. By chance, Grand Designs on Channel 4 last night was all about pre-fabs. Kevin McCloud


DFF at the Mobility Roadshow

We were thrilled to be invited to showcase our “Designing for the Future” University of Brighton student competition at this year’s Mobility Roadshow. The Design Zone, run in association with the Royal College of Art/Helen Hamlyn Centre, featured examples of innovative and new designs in independent living. Curators Denise Stephens of Enabled by Design and Hayley


Unique intergenerational home sharing project

With much in the news about the isolation of the elderly, Dean Raine of Homeshare Eden describes a unique and fascinating intergenerational project getting underway in Cumbria Homeshare is a new scheme for Eden, Cumbria. It is operated by Age UK Carlisle and Eden, receiving funding from The Housing Action Charity (HACT). The scheme