Omhu Canes

On Monday I took part in a Twitter discussion on inclusive design which had been organised by Age UK (see […]

On Monday I took part in a Twitter discussion on inclusive design which had been organised by Age UK (see blog post here). While I was going through the various tweets, I spotted something that I’d not heard of and wanted to find out more…

Visiting the Omhu website was a breath of fresh air, as their approach is the direction I would like to see independent living products going in the future. Omhu is Danish for “with great care” and is working to develop designs to support people’s abilities as they change throughout life.

Omhu’s first product is the Omhu Cane, a beautifully crafted wooden walking stick available in a range of colours and sizes (custom sizing available at an additional cost). Described as a “walking stick with attitude”, here’s some more information from the Omhu team:

Inspired by Scandinavian furniture, bicycles, hockey sticks and skateboards, this joyful design brings style and performance to mobility aids.

  • The generous birch handle has grip strips for better hold, and doesn’t slip when leaned against a wall
  • The wood is hand-finished with Livos oil, an all-natural, non-toxic, plant-based finish
  • The light-weight, high-strength aluminum shaft is finished in American bicycle paint
  • Our patent-pending tip made from the same material as high performance athletic shoes provides cushioning, traction and support
  • Replacement tips available

Omhu is most definitely doing something right, having received coverage in a range of design related articles and an iF product design award in 2011.

Omhu Canes are an investment piece, costing $139 (approximately £90), but I would imagine that these are built to last with replacement tips available ($10 each).