Wright BIDA, FRSA, BA (Hons) Design Int.
Wright is a respected interior designer in the field of ‘inclusive’
design. Her company Future Proof Home Ltd., developed under the
Easy Living Home Concept, was established in 2000 (www.futureproofhome.co.uk),
as the result of research project which Alison undertook during
her 7 years as a researcher with the internationally recognised
Helen Hamlyn Centre, based at the Royal College of Art, London.
The research focused on kitchen and bathroom design, working closely
with older people and exploring how they were adapting their homes
to suit their changing needs and abilities. The findings challenge
stereotypical assumptions about home adaptation and have given Alison
an in-depth understanding of the emerging marketplace of older consumers.
has presented her work nationally and internationally (3rd International
Universal Design Conference, Hamamatsu, Japan Oct 2010; DARE, Tsinghua
University, Beijing, China Sept. 2010; Include 2009,London April
2009; Bathroom Manufacturer’s Conference Oct. 2009; National
Housing Federation Conf. London May 2008; KBB Exhibition, Excel,
London May 2007; Naidex Exhibition, Birmingham May 2007; Include
2007, London April 2007; Ergonomics Society April 2006, ‘Include’
2005, London, Include 2003, London, ‘Equal’, December
2002, Windsor, ‘Include’ March 2001, London, ‘OCTEP’
(Occupational Therapy for Elderly People), November 2001 and ‘Improving
and Extending Independence for Older People’, Virginia, USA,
December 1999). Alison’s work has also been included by a
number of keynote speakers at international conferences such as
the 2nd International Universal Design Conference Kyoto, Japan 2006,
World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, 2006, Sydney,
Australia and College of Therapists European Conference, Milan 2006.
She is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Northumbria
University. Her work has been featured widely in mainstream press,
interiors magazines and on BBC television.
client base ranges from individual home owners and corporate clients,
to housing associations such as Habinteg Housing Association, for
whom she has recently designed the kitchens and bathrooms of two
Lifetime Homes at Westwood
Park in Bradford. Alison demonstrated to construction industry
professionals, that interior design for the social sector can be
both stylish and affordable. Alison has recently received two awards
for the KB Review Industry Awards 2007 for these designs (the judging
panel commenting ‘In an unprecedented move Alison Wright has
been given both awards for her outstanding research in the area
of ‘inclusive design’) and ‘Highly Commended’
in the FX International Interior Design Awards Nov 2006.
major clients include the bathroom product manufacturer, Ideal Standard.
Alison’s design service is supported by her website www.futureproofhome.co.uk,
which can be used as a home design tool with a comprehensive database
of over 280 household products, selected for their inclusive design
features according to ‘Future Proof’ criteria. She works
closely with other professional partners including occupational
therapists and product designers.