1102, Eatwell Assistive Tableware, 2015
Color plays a powerful role in Eatwell Assistive Tableware. Designer Sha Yao's grandmother lived with Alzheimer's disease. Her cognitive and sensory impairments caused her to eat less than she should. The Eatwell bowl uses the color blue, which does not appear in food, helping people with Alzheimer's distinguish food from the dish. On the exteriors of the bowls, red and yellow stimulate appetite. All pieces stand out from the table setting to enhance cognition.
Sha Yao (born in Taiwan, 1983), Sha Design LLC (Redwood City, California, USA, founded 2013); Polypropylene, thermoplastic elastomers, silicone; Courtesy of Sha Design LLC
Red Cup with Lid
The red cup has a clear lid and a blue stabilizing base.
Red Bowl, Yellow Bowl
The red bowl and the yellow bowl each have a blue interior to contrast with food, a slanted bottom to collect food, and a right-angled side wall to enable scooping.
Red Spoon, Yellow Spoon
The spoons each have one side that matches the curvature of the front wall of the bowl and another side that matches the basin.
Yellow Mug with Lid
The mug has a clear lid and a roomy handle that stabilizes against the tabletop.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.