Specialized Kitchen-Dining For The Physically Challenged

Coox is a specialized kitchen plus dining area meant for those who use wheelchairs; however able-bodied people can use it comfortably as well. Sporting a circular form, the table is divided into two areas, the cooking and the dining. The cooking side hosts a fridge, microwave oven, induction cooker, armature, dish rack and drawers. A wheelchair-bound person’s basic anthropometric measurements have been taken into consideration while designing it.

Special care has been taken while designing the specifics. For example, the tap can be maneuvered to different positions for washing dishes or hands; the oven turns a 180 degrees for easy access; the induction cooker slides across the surface up to 120 degrees. The fridge uses a pneumatic system and an electric motor for operations.

Over-all a comfy looking compact design, however till someone doesn’t use this kind of a setup its tough to say how efficient it will be. Its practicality cannot be assessed on paper.

Designer: Fatih Can Sarioz

6 Comments

  • Ling says:

    I’d say it looks an awful lot like this concept:
    http://www.designboom.com/contest/view.php?contest_pk=3&item_pk=1190&p=1

    … retractable microwave and all…

    • M.S.W. says:

      The “Coccina 08” looks much better. Not to mention alot more counter/work surface. But it appears more intended for non-chairbound users. Since it lacks the cold food storage (refrigerator) that would infer it is another added appliance that is located further away from the cooking/sink area. The “Coox” on the other hand seems designed for the least amount of locomotion used to perform the “work triangle” (Fridge,stove/oven,sink). As far as retractable stoves/microwaves that idea goes far back to the 1940’s.

  • M.S.W. says:

    Nice design for wheelchair bound users.
    The presentation needs some polishing. The designer needs to hone up on spelling and grammar.

    • Carl says:

      nice design for wheelchair bound users? how do they reach inside the microwave to get their piping hot meal out? (3rd image down)

      this has been designed devoid of context. would like to see it placed within a typical enviroment. (ie a box shaped kitchen)

      • M.S.W. says:

        When I say “nice” I’m not inferring/implying that the design is ready for production, it merely means is a nice start on the designer’s path to a production ready product. The next step would be for the designer to do a simple nonfunctional mockup of the design to virtually test the use ability of it. Once that is done it would become quickly obvious that the stretched leaning posture to access the food in the microwave is poor ergonomics, especially with the food vessel balancing on top of the pedestal inside the microwave, a flaw that would make it all too easy to dump over hot liquids/food. (But that flaw can be easily resolved with a slight design modification) From a manufacturing POV the rotating cook top element provides more of show flair then true function. That show factor would come at a lot of wasted production cost (tooling, engineering, etc.) That design element too can be redesigned into the static counter top to bring the design down to a reasonable production cost. As far as the context of “typical environment” this design appears to be geared towards use in a studio apartment or assisted living environment. Both of which provide the ample floor space for easy wheel chair accessibility from all sides.

  • jesse says:

    excellent product. very very useful for them

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