Inspired by a sketch of 2 acorns and the concept of protection afforded by natural forms, the NurturepodTM is an infant feeding space for displacement locations such as airport lounges. Designed to comfort the travelling family, the pod design gives a degree of control, dignity and privacy, safety, warmth and kindness. The NurturepodTM system is designed to be configured for solo installation or as a growing forest, offering tranquillity and removal from distractions. In this space, the focus is on the child, the moment, and the calm. The system has been designed with a strong core, a warmth of touch and a gentle aesthetic that offers a temporary solace amidst the crowds.
The idea originated in the autoethnographic work conducted as part of the AHRC Wemobile project, led by Professor Andree Woodcock at the Research Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities. The concept design was created by Paul Magee, Senior Designer at the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare. Paul has a background of developing market ready solutions to assistive technology needs, personal mobility and an experience of designing large scale installations for exhibitions.
Moreover, the UK Hub is currently conducting ethnographic qualitative research on experiences of infant nurturing in public spaces and public transportation. Study using semantic analysis of social media, methods like focus groups, in-depth interviews and co-design workshops will bring together parents from minority ethnic groups and practitioners working in diverse communities to inform future designs. The findings will make unique contributions to the scarce literature on infant nurturing and parent’s mobility. Additionally, it will extend conceptual design work in product/space/transport design more broadly through intersectional analysis of the relationships between experience, embodiment, intimacy, and urban subjectivity.
NurturepodTM Registration number: 6083544
NurturepodTM Trademark numbers: UK00003467012 / UK00003467018