Posts tagged ocd
Ferran Lajara is a Spanish Product and Furniture Designer with some intriguing ideas. One of them is his OCD Project where he developed five prototypes to help people suffering from OCD. In the example above, stickers representing desk objects are arranged chaotically on a work surface.
‘Order’ sufferers will be tempted to place items (eg. pen, stapler) on the matching sticker. If they do, the desk top appears chaotic; if they don’t, nothing is in the ‘right’ place. It’s a lose - lose situation and the compulsion must be confronted.
Another example is the OCD TAP, which “is fitted with a small device to harmlessly change the colour of the water to make it look ‘contaminated’. The compulsion to repeatedly cleanse hands is confronted.”
I also enjoyed his Active Furniture project, a collection of three objects that “force users to perform a physical action in order to make them function”:
- A working desk that has drawers opposite to the users. Every time users need to access the drawers, they are forced to stand up and walk to get what they need from the drawers.
- A lamp that always needs someone holding it. If it is in a vertical position, the bulb switches on, whereas in a horizontal position it switches off. It forces users to perform a little but constant effort, which does not let them relax completely.
- A hanger placed several meters above the floor, transforming a wall in a little mountain that needs to be climbed every time users have to get their jacket.