Over 1,300 million people worldwide currently have visual impairment problems, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Thailand alone there are more than 3 millions affected by visual impairment. Visual impairment is one of the most common conditions in people’s lives, because it is not only caused by diseases but also age. Those who suffer from this condition find that it affects their daily lives, causing inconveniences even in their own home. Everyday items are blurred out and poses danger when not fully visible.
For example, people dangerously miss the cutting board when cooking, or sit down and miss the toilet or a chair. When their eyes cannot identify each furniture and its function, all the furniture in the home are rendered useless.
Is it possible for furniture to be appealing to those with normal vision, while also improving life for the visually-impaired?
(A simulation of image seen by impaired vision people.)
HomePro wants everyone to be fully living in their own home. Its mission is to provide professional home solutions to ensure everyone can have a better quality homelife. When developing furniture for people with vision impairment, we discovered that 90% of all the furniture in the world uses similar color shades in their components, resulting in very low color contrast in each piece. To people with lower visual ability, the furniture would just blend into the environment and become useless.
7:1 Furniture Collection, the first furniture made to be seen by the vision-impaired. The collection precisely uses a 7:1 color contrast ratio, a contrast level that makes a visual most accessible to people with disability. We use an international vision enhancement method by W3C organization, which makes a content or object visible at Level AAA standard (a highest level of visibility).
(High colour contrast helps differentiate colours with ease.)
The colors pop out to the vision-impaired to compensate for their loss in vision contrast. Also, a specially-designed outline system is developed to provide the furniture with shape and identifies the function to its user. Combined with color-contrast design, the design system brings what was barely visible back into full vision.
7:1 Furniture Collection visually erases impairment at home for the visual-impaired, while still appealing to people with normal vision, allowing everyone at home to fully live.
The design system brings what was barely visible back into full vision.
(Furniture fairs in Bangkok
/ Since March 2019)