Mathias Knigge, head of grauwert (consultancy for inclusive design products and services), advises companies on older target groups, accessibility and universal design. The designer and engineer has acquired a profound knowledge as research fellow in the research project „sentha“ (founded by the German research society (DFG) / University of the arts Berlin (UDK)). His main activities are studies, training (sensitisation), user-tests and product-development. He is the author of various publications and speaker at symposiums. As board member of EDAD (Design for All – Germany) and visiting professor, Mathias Knigge establishes Design for All as a reasonable response of product development to demographic change. 

While the stated aim of the vast majority of Germans is to grow old in their own home, they often have a hard time accepting help when it comes to planning and designing their bathroom. Too many of the proposals focus on impairments or don’t live up to their expectations of an attractive bathroom. After all, the idea of people being able to tell your age by looking at your bathroom isn’t exactly appealing. Mathias Knigge of grauwert, a consultancy for inclusive design, products and services, reports on the development of age-neutral solutions based on the Design for All concept – products that not only ensure barrier-free accessibility for some users but are attractive and convenient for a large number of other consumers as well. 


Lecture: Providing better support – new bathrooms for the elderly 

Speaker: Mathias Knigge, grauwert 

Date: Thursday, 16. March 2017, 2:30 - 3:00 pm  

Location: Saal Europa, Hall 4.0, ISH Frankfurt/Main  


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