The Tool Shed – Creative Scenes
Building something new or mending something old gave people independence and valuable experience. The DIY movement increased in popularity after WWII as home ownership was rising, tradesmen were expensive, servants were gone and the housing stock decaying. Ordinary people wanted to learn DIY because they now needed to do the work themselves.
After discovering that as people’s dementia progresses they struggle to pick puzzle pieces up and place them in the correct place, which caused frustration. We wanted to design a product with no wrong answer that gives that same sense of achievement.
Creative Scenes enables people to create their own tool shed using a set of magnetic pieces. Each magnetic tool can be picked up and placed on the background wherever they choose, creating their very own allotment.
Each Creative Scene has beautifully illustrated content, commissioned to ensure they are reminiscent of the appropriate era so people can relate to them and start conversations. The plastic we use is very durable and easy to clean, meeting infection control standards.