Stylish furniture designs built for relaxing the senses of dementia patients

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Stylish furniture designs built for relaxing the senses of dementia patients
French Furniture Company uses design talents to improve life for dementia sufferers

We’ve all heard of multifunctional furniture, but these French furniture makers take it to another level. GB Designs’ collection, named Jardin d’Hiver or Winter Garden, aren’t of the modular couch ilk, where you can remove and adjust furniture to suit your needs.

Without a cure in sight for dementia, the designers decided to apply their skills to make life that little bit easier for sufferers. Each piece is tailored to the needs of people suffering with dementia.

The credenza, bedside cabinets and console table are topped with a translucent material called Corian®, an aroma diffuser and light therapy lamp, which diffuses the light. Dementia sufferers often have disturbed sleep and light therapy helps to reduce anxiety.

This combination engages the user’s senses, from the tactile, sight and smell. The website states, “The design evokes an open window into a snow covered landscape, where the aromatherapy emanates from a sculpted sensual mountain, and the light therapy diffuses behind a graphic scenery that invites the individual to envisage a faraway relaxing landscape.”

The results are both stylish, and reassuring and GB Designs says the result of research “conducted for the user group of people with dementia, though suitable for a larger category of people.

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