ProjectTransformative Homes for Sensuous Dementia

Transformative Homes for Sensuous Dementia


Imagine, for a moment, a world in which everybody had dementia? What if dementia would be "a blessing"? How to innovate on difficult topics like dementia? In this project we explored new approaches to design for social innovation, with the focus on dementia. Next to developing new apporaches, we simultatuously developed concepts for transformative homes for people with dementia and their (formal and informal) caregivers. This resulted in four designs that focus on the sensorial qualities of people with dementia and several new approaches to design for dementia that use empathy, embodiment and designing for the here and now. 




Eindhoven University of Technology, RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute), Designhuis Eindhoven and various design practitioners

February ‘16 > May ’16

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Designing for dementia starting from the here and now and focusing on their strongest asset, i.e sensorial skills, can offer different ways for people with dementia to interact within their (intelligent) homes and for care givers to engage with people with dementia. Four design concepts were developed: For the time being: An integrated clock in the house that does not tell time, but shows valuable objects that remind one to do the things at a specific time Orchestra of Senses: a set of playful instruments that use smell, touch, sight and sound to raise the appetite of dementia patients living in care homes.

The Richness of Tea: A new tea ritual to inspire people with dementia to rediscover their environment and create a positive experience loop.
Warm Place: A playful way to use heat within the home to create comforting sensory experiences, though a lamp and through a tactile rice installation. 


Beneficiaries | Stakeholders .

TU/e 3 researchers + 19 MA students
ITT 2 researchers
Various design practisioners 4 practisioners from different backgrounds

Visitors of the exhibition (the last Tuesday afternoon of this project), people coming from care institutions, city governance, design practice, academia, citizens, ...