How could we make Korean low-income seniors' kitchen work easier?


Providing a new designed work chair enabled them to sit on as various pose and to stand up easily.

This design product deeply rooted in my value, happiness, that always motivates me in art and design works. I believe that the first step to achieve that is to love myself and it will be accomplished by loving and helping others. Therefore, it is very important for me to design for people who are really in needs.


When I was studying design, I sought to find topics that everyone can share to be happy, and I thought it was health and well-being.

'If you lost your health, it is same as you lost everything.' I have not yet find any exception of this 'cliche'. So these two things are what I always consider when I design.

The Problem

: World has a rapidly aging population of seniors

"As a result of both improved longevity and the aging of large cohorts (that is, the “baby boomers” born during the post-World War II period), the world’s older population is projected to become increasingly aged. Globally, the share of the older population that is aged 80 years or over rose from 9 percent in 1980 to 14 per cent in 2015,  and it is projected to remain fairly stable between 2015 and 2030. Between 2030 and 2050 the proportion of the world’s older persons that are aged 80 years or over is projected to rise from 14 percent to more than 20 percent." (World Population Ageing 2015, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, UN)

Globally, the number of older persons is growing faster than the numbers of people in any other age group.

"in the OECD, the share of those aged 80 years and over is expected to increase from 4% in 2010 to 9.4% in 2050 (OECD Demographic and Labour Market Database, 2010). In Japan, but also in Germany, Korea and Italy, the projected shares of those aged 80 years and over will be the highest: around 15%. South Korea stands out as it will experience the largest absolute change in its share of the very old people, increasing from about 2% in 2010 to about 15% in 2050." (Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care ,p.62, OECD, 2011 )

Target Population

For the reasons that are mentioned above, I set a target population of Korean seniors, especially low-income groups, since I firmly believe that many of them could be minorities who have a lot of disadvantages in their kitchens.