Register: DEC/20/2017, Submit: DEC/20/2017, Eligibility: Designers, creative talents, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 3,000 EUR; 1,500 EUR for the purchase of the license for the exploitation of the projects which are not rewarded
Missaglia relies on the international community of designers for a new product that puts the individual at the centre, suggesting a new series of cabinets (wardrobes and various-sizes containers) with an innovative design and a great care for detail, able to fit well with the various areas inside hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics. In line with the brand values, the cabinets shall have a special care for environmental issues and present themselves as highly innovative products, able to embed state-of-the-art technologies, both electronic and not (i.e. Internet-of-Things IoT, nanotechnologies, etc.) and be open to additive manufacturing technologies, able to ensure a high degree of customisation, especially in the making of accessories, details and components.
For the correct realisation of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:
You are invited to propose a family of different-size cabinets to employ in medical environments, with an attention to innovation and a very refined design, specifically designed for improving the usability of the final user and capable of fitting well with the various settings inside the venues where they are employed, putting the individual and its needs at the centre. Keep into consideration that the various cabinets, once placed side by side, might give life to several compositions.
The cabinets you propose, in addition to performing the main function they are meant for – containing – shall have a special focus on safety, providing locking and/or access control solutions. Furthermore, with a view of giving maximum importance to the final user, they shall take care of the finest details for the user experience and their practicality to be moved. Ultimately, it is of the greatest importance that your solutions ensure the greatest ease of sanitization.
In particular, the family of cabinets shall perform the following three functions:
1. Containing/archiving documents and medical reports with sensible data
This function will find application in the areas reserved to personnel. It is fundamental that access control to the content and its confidentiality are ensured. The proposals aimed at improving the archiving and organising of the contents will be appreciated, even by means of digital and technological solutions;
2. Containing clothes and personal belongings of the patients
This function will be mainly used inside the patients’ rooms, granting an easy access to one’s own personal belongings and at the same time providing for the safety of the content. Your projects shall include the employment of a safe or similar to grant the highest degree of safety for the objects there contained. Also in this case, digital and technological solutions will be appreciated, for example by using accessories and/or systems able to recharge the electronic devices of the patients when stored inside;
3. Containing medicines
This function will be used in the areas reserved to the medical and auxiliary personnel and shall allow for a practical storing and access to medicines. The solutions able to improve the medicines management, suggesting digital and technological solutions such as the monitoring of the availability and expiration date of the medicines will be appreciated. Keep into consideration that some medicines and drugs might require a temperature-controlled storage.
With the aim of performing all the various functions, the cabinets might use special accessories or be specifically equipped according to the use. You are free to employ graphics that may facilitate the use of the product.
In order to facilitate the movement of the cabinets across the various areas of the venues, equip your projects with wheels and – so far as is possible – keep their weight and size at its minimum.
Shape and size
Avoid using sharp edges to guarantee the maximum safety of the final users. Avoid shapes and elements that may retain dirt, thus impairing the sanitization. The size shall comply with the standard for this product typology and shall allow for a practical movement of the cabinets across the various areas of the venues, passing through standard sized doors (90cm width x 210cm height). The solutions able to address also the needs of people on wheelchairs, with mobility impairments or using medical guards, etc. will be appreciated.
In order to allow for a better versatility and granting a better attention to the user, your cabinets shall be equipped for the interaction with electronic devices and ensure a possible development in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) scene, suggesting interactions, sensors and use scenarios.
Materials and environmental compliance
The family of cabinets shall be designed with a special attention to environmental issues, opting for low-environmental impact materials, capable also of ensuring a practical sanitization, avoiding for example porous materials. The choice of the most apt materials will also contribute to reducing the emission of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) inside the venues. You may also suggest the use of additive manufacturing technologies to ensure a greater degree of customisation for components and accessories. Materials containing formaldehyde or, in any event, not complying with the medical environment requisites are forbidden.
Where to use
The cabinets will be employed in medical environments, including hospitals, clinics and nursery homes; they shall be versatile and suitable for being used in different areas inside the venues where are employed, from the entrance hall to the patient rooms and the work spaces reserved to personnel.