OpenBag: Urban Movement Design

Robyne Kassen and Sarah Gluck of Urban Movement Design stopped in to talk about the body, the buildings and the city; how all three can be in perfect harmony through better and reflexively designed objects and spaces.

2010 Winter Olympic Village Bus Shelters - Vancouver

Robyne and Sarah work solves one of modern living’s  flaws – we occupy spaces and furniture that are designed for everything but the human being.  Modern designers create products and spaces that eschew the interests of our health, comfort, and the condition of the human body, by pushing us into boxes instead of curves, if you will. Urban Movement Design takes how the body wants to and should be into account, and they wind up some pretty cool looking stuff.  But coolness isn’t the final goal.  Inspired by yoga contemplative learning and eastern medicine, they seek to promote health and comfort by designing products and spaces that accomodate the body in it most natural positions and encourage users to rest or stretch in positions that are most conducive to health.

They are also adamant about designing great usable products for the disabled and elederly, driven by their desire to create quality spaces and experiences for all.

The bench.

“We are trained in, and passionate about, movement/health and architecture/design, have merged to form ‘Urban Movement Design’. This collaboration works under the premise that true health occurs when it is integrated into our daily lives and patterns, and that innovative and meaningful design happens when driven by human needs, what we call ‘Human Sustainability’.”

MonkeyBar Bike Rack

“As designers, we believe that we have a responsibility to design ways to better people’s lives. As movement experts and yogic therapists, we believe in teaching people how to take responsibility for their own health and wellness, and that this is in fact where true health care occurs. By merging these two disciplines into one, we are enabling and empowering those who engage with the work.”