A physically challenged person would find an ordinary kitchen cumbersome. Several factors have to be taken into account while designing a special kitchen meant for the physically challenged person. These are by priority safety, height of the counter top, reach of appliances, access to storage, cleaning and overall comfort. It should be kept in mind while a kitchen is designed that the same kitchen is used by normal people and may be used by other occupants in future. The design features for such a kitchen can include large counter space, shallow basins, door mounted shelves, continuous counter tops and side by side fridge and freezer unit.
1. Coox kitchen
The famous designer Fatih Can Sarioz has designed ‘Coox Kitchen’ for physically disabled persons. This kitchen is divided into two sections; cooking and dining. The cooking section contains a fridge with pneumatic system, a number of drawers, electric motor with microwave oven, induction cooker that slides up to 120 degrees across the surface, dish rack, and armature. There is a proper dining area also. The wash tap can be turned in several directions to wash hands and dishes. Th kitchen is a perfect picture for handicapped people. Normal people can also use this kitchen in a comfortable manner.
2. The Kitchen Hideaway
The Kitchen Hideaway contains two parts; head set and fully automated remote kitchen. This type of kitchen is for the more complex type of the handicapped. They can convey their thoughts to the remote kitchen which is a complete set up. It uses materials according to the instructions and prepares a proper meal. It also delivers the meal to the user. This is a food factory and can be used as a single kitchen which can cater to several apartments or users. The physically disabled find it more convenient. Those who do not know how to cook can also use this type of kitchen.
3. Hability kitchen
The Hability kitchen is not an ordinary kitchen for the handicapped. It combines accuracy along with aesthetic beauty. This is designed by Marco Miscioscia and the company Valcucine. The special feature is that this kitchen does not pronounce ‘handicap’. The kitchen has a stainless steel top in a single mold. The cost is also reduced because there are no in built elements or welding jobs. Safety is given priority. Food can be prepared and cooked from the same position. The self cleaning system helps the water to flow from use to the sink. The top can be replaced with dish drainer and sink. A person in a wheelchair can access wall hung units and corner units too.
4. Cucina Kitchen Island
The Cucina kitchen is a complete solution. It combines kitchen units like oven, dishwasher, sink, trash, cooler, freezer and furniture. It is very convenient to use. The Cucina blends into the kitchen easily. It is also very easy to use. It has a footprint of under two square meter. The functional ability is the striking feature of this kitchen unit.
5. Modular Kitchen Concept by Fevzi Karaman
Modular Kitchen Concept is a very compact kitchen unit. It can be put away easily. It is ideal for a small apartment. This type of modular kitchen includes stove, sink, recycling bin, dish storage, serving table, bottle rack, fridge and dishwasher. Everything is contained within a single unit. It is ideal for a physically challenged person because everything is contained in the same piece.
6. Sentino cook top
Famous designer R.D.Silva has created a hi tech Sentino cook top for the visually impaired people. The controls in the cook top are feather touch. The blind people who use this cook top can sense the controls and use it conveniently. It has an easy turn on/off switch. The uses can sense and listen to power. It is very safe and convenient for visually impaired people. Cook tops usually do not have controls that can be used by blind people safely. This cook top will be a great gift for blind friends or relatives.
7. Electrolux Rendez-vous
The Electrolux Rendez-vous is a concept of Electrolux Global Design. It is a high tech built in kitchen with interactive table. There is a mobile charger also. The special feature is the energy shield top which transmits power wirelessly to any electric appliance. This means that there is no need to plug appliances each time separately. This is an inductive cooking top. Th position whee a pan is kept becomes active as a hot plate. here are drawers below the cook top and space for a stove or refrigerator. There is also a virtual supervisor who acts as chief chef.