Paul Hothmer

Mai / May - 2021

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach



In the initial examination of the influence of demographic change, the needs of different age and social groups in everyday processes were investigated. The negotiation of a staircase in different situations and with individual resources ultimately forms the core of the concept. Cary represents a new type of retrofittable stair lift. When used as a climbing aid, individual competencies are to be maintained; as a cargo lift, it is possible to transport heavy everyday objects safely; and as a passenger lift, the stairs can be mastered in a manner comparable to an escalator. In contrast to existing solutions, needs across age groups are thus addressed in order to offer more comprehensive support for more people.