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Redesigned Flatware Makes It Easier For Patients With Nerve Disorders To Eat

An award-winning design by I-Ting Chan and Ting-Yin Yeh is elegant yet highly functional.

Rachel Pincus
Rachel Pincus on December 10, 2013.

Now here’s a design that’s so thoughtful and elegant, it’s a wonder no one has come up with it before: a dining set designed for those with cerebral palsy and other nerve disorders. Every item in the Benefeat tableware set, designed by I-Ting Chan and Ting-Yin Yeh, has subtle improvements for stability and ergonomics, making tremors and uncontrollable movements less of a problem when dining.

The inclination of the bowl and plate faces the user and allows food to be easily scooped up. The profile of the bowl and plate changes from concave to convex at either end to support this inclination. The spoon, with its easy-to-grip handle keeps food from falling out of it. The bowl, plate and cup also have interchangeable non-slip pads that are removed before washing. A placemat contains spills within its grooved lip and makes cleanup easier. The cup also includes a straw so that it doesn’t have to be picked up.

The set, which has won a Red Dot Design Award for international design this year, looks good enough for ordinary people to use too. Winners of this award are exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany. The difference that this product could make for society makes it easily deserving of museum display.

Image: Yanko Design
Sources: Red Dot Design Awards, Red Dot Design Museum, DesignTaxi, Yanko Design

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