A statement kitchen sink
designed for all.
For a lot of people washing the dishes is just another house-hold chore, but for some this daily chore has become a daunting task. MORAY is a statement kitchen sink that provides leverage to one-handed users when washing dishes and various types of kitchenware.
MADE IN SAN JOSE
Exclusion in the Kitchen
By identifying obstacles in our built environment that cause exclusion, how might we reimagine the products that are not effectively supporting an individual’s ability to serve activities of daily living. The kitchen is one area where some of these obstacles exist. If an individual can only utilize one of their arms, exclusion in this environment can look like not being able to cut vegetables for a meal or even wash the dishes efficiently.
Primary and Secondary Markets
1 Arm Amputees
Includes individuals with varying levels of amputation ranging anywhere from partial hand to below the elbow.
Includes individuals who are caring for very young children such as infants and toddlers
Includes individuals with various types of arm, hand, and finger injuries that impairs the individuals ability to perform tasks with it.
I approached my ideation in two different ways; looking at how the tools for washing dishes could improve and how the environment to wash dishes could aid the individual during this activity.
layers needs to curve in more to hold dish in place
Refining the Design
I saw a big opportunity for re-imaging the environment where individuals wash their dishes. To further explore this area, I developed concepts investigating the balance between aesthetics and functionality. These concepts incorporate elements of a standard kitchen sink like a double basin interpreted in new and fresh forms that benefits users who can only utilize one arm.
I became heavily inspired by the landscapes created from terrace farming around the world. By implementing such landscapes into the the basin design, I was able to explore and develop a form that could securely hold various types of kitchenware and also let water run off easily towards the drain.
Basin Border Refinement for Additional Leverage
The edges that outline the each basin layer can also be utilized as a point of leverage for users. In these concepts, I explored the implementation of angled surfaces, curved edges, and chamfers to not only accommodate for the various shapes of dishes but to also make the surfaces easier to clean.
The refinement process did not stop at the incorporation of chamfered edges. I needed to implement this element in a way that ties in with overall design language of the sink.
Whats the Difference?
Unlike the standard kitchen sink where there are only a few surface that can provide leverage or an area to place kitchenware to clean. Moray provides various surfaces that accommodate different types of kitchenware users have.
There would be no difference in how the user would install MORAY into their kitchen and how they would install a standard kitchen sink. The design of the sink gives the user a choice between an undermount and overmount sink installation.