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MISSISSIPPI, a swinging washbasin.
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Swinging washbasin, which allows disabled to wash hands at the toilet.

Detailed Description:
The basin swings to the toilet, improving hygiene significantly. It can be moved to the user, who does not have to move himself, soiling the wheelchair. The basin is made of PUR, a soft and isolating material that rejects dirt and bacteria. The elliptical shape makes the basin useable from 3 sides, and the edges form a safe grip. The helper can easily help move the disabled, as the basin moves aside. The flexible basin allows for better functionality in smaller spaces than previously.

Known drawbacks of design:
Some users i.e. demented, are uncomfortable with the moving basin. For them; Ropox is also developing a docking station that makes it possible to park the washbasin by the wall.

Website:
http://www.ropox.dk/dk/for-arkitekter/fremtidens-baderum.html

Designed in:
2008

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
disability, economics, health, mobility, sanitation, water

Form/Impact/Context

Form
The washbasin has an elliptical shape. This gives access from 3 sides. The basin can be mounted the wall behind the toilet or a wall at the side of the toilet.

Impact
End user will be more self-reliant. It is a huge help for the many wheelchair users who are using external catheter. This requires extreme hygiene to stay healthy. Caregivers will have more time for other patients/disabled. Bathrooms can be build smaller.

Context
Especially the end users will benefit as they are more self-reliant. But also the caregivers will benefit, with easier and faster bathroom visits. The society benifits, as eg nursing homes can be build cheaper.

Other relevant information
The design idea was founded as we (the designers) where making user research on toilet rests. Many of the users used the toilet seat as a handle when moving from wheelchair to toilet. Many wheelchair users are using external catheter, this require extreme hygiene to stay healthy.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
not known

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Company development costs

Is there a plan for future investments?
Yes

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Yes

Credits

Designed by:
Thomas Harrit, Nicolai Sørensen

Title/Role:
Designer

Website:
www-harrit-sorensen.dk

Professional status of designer:
Industrial design

Nationality:
Denmark

City/Country of residence:
Holte

Name of company:
Harrit-Sørensen


Manufactured/Produced/Commisioned by:
Ropox
www.ropox.dk