#DesignLUX Examines Luxury & Aging-In-Place with Corinne Gail

By 2030, the AARP estimates that one in three Americans will be over the age of 50.  One in five Americans will be over the age of 65.

With over a third of the American population reaching a critical life milestone and potentially making changes to their living environment whether in preparation for retirement or for the possibility of future physical impairments, emphasis on functional living has never been more important to both homeowners and design professionals.

Recently the concept of Aging in Place has received considerable attention as professionals in the interior design industry attempt, oftentimes with great struggle, to blend both the increased functionality that the aging population and those with physical disabilities require to remain independent in their own homes with attention to detail and aesthetic prowess necessary in the completion of a well balanced design.  For the most part, homeowners and their designers were limited to barrier eliminating products that could only be described as institutional.  More recently, however, manufacturers and industrial designers are stepping up, developing visually pleasing solutions to common issues surrounding accessibility.  From grab bars featuring traditional details and warm finishes to hands-free technology embedded in already eye-catching kitchen and bathroom fixtures, homeowners have a new found abundance of options available to them. 

Give me the luxuries in life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
— Frank Lloyd Wright

In true #DesignLUX style, however, we didn't want to just stop there.  Instead, we want to take it one step further, seeking out those solutions which have been designed with luxury consumer in mind.  Innovative technologies such as Dornbracht's Smart Water controls, futuristic concepts, and made to order designs make barrier free accessibility that much more comfortable. 

#DesignLUX wants to know, what does accessibility look like for those who refuse to settle for anything but the best?

Joining #DesignLUX is guest host Corinne Gail, the principal of Seattle based interior design firm Corinne Gail Interior Design.  As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Corinne brings a wealth of knowledge as it relates to the removal of physical barriers in the home. 

#DesignLUX | Thursday March 5th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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This Week's Special Guest Host:
Corinne Gail, CAPS | Corinne Gail Interior Design | www.CorinneGail.com
Rooted in a distinct passion for living a healthier lifestyle, Seattle based Corinne Gail Interior Design is committed to creating uplifting, fresh residential, commercial, and outdoor environments uniquely designed to fit the lifestyles and personalities of their occupants.  Corinne is Internationally recognized for her residential and office projects, Corinne is suitably positioned to anticipate the needs and desires of her clients as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). An active member of the Seattle design community, a member of the MBA Pierce Master Builders, the Design Professionals Council, and the NAHB, Corinne has served since 2010 as an adjunct instructor at Academy of Art University School of Interior Architecture & Design, putting the tools of the trade into future generations of architects and designers.

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