Londoner James Taylor, who suffered a spinal cord injury diving into the sea whilst holidaying in Portugal in 2005, is the inspiration behind Motion (www.motionspot.co.uk), a home design and adaptation business officially launching this week that offers bespoke and stylish solutions for the home to people living with a disability.
Motion is a revolution in disabled home living, offering accessible alternatives to the white plastic grab rails, inaccessible showers and depressing furniture which have been the norm for so many years.
The company was established when James returned from eight months of rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to find his Battersea home had been changed beyond recognition to accommodate his new needs. The transformation seemed to follow the ‘one size fits all’ philosophy, aesthetics were ignored and in many cases the solutions installed didn’t actually assist him at all.
Close friend Ed Warner offered to help James find something better, but after doing his own research, the same issues came up – little choice, poor advice, condescending customer service, unclear pricing and bad design. Refusing to admit defeat and seeing a gap in the market Ed left his job and with the help of James and James’s wife Katherine, Motion was born.
Currently specialising in bathroom solutions, with the range soon to be expanding to offer products across the home, Ed commented on the initiative: “Living with a disability shouldn’t mean having to compromise on quality or design. Home is a place to enjoy and be proud of and a wider choice of appealing designs should be accessible to all. Offering a range of beautiful designs as well as an installation service, Motion makes the process of transforming the home as effortless as possible.”
James, who is a member of the board of the British Neurological Research Trust and the UK Stem Cell Foundation, added: “The Motion range has been carefully selected by our team, many of whom are users of the equipment themselves. Motion has journeyed across Europe to ensure it offers the very best solutions on the market and making them accessible to all.”
All products are road-tested and scrutinised by the company’s ‘Range Architects’. Meeting every three months with the co-founders, these valuable members of the team feedback on what really works, and what needs to be improved before products are added to the range and made available to buy. Advice is also given by them on the products and services required to meet the needs of various disabilities.
Motion also provides a free introductory occupational therapy assessment, over the telephone. This service provides information on products within the range that can be tailored towards the customer’s own disability needs. Private occupational therapy home visits are also available if a full assessment of living needs, prior to purchasing is required.
Motion’s motivation is not just to revolutionise the design of disabled living in the home, but also to provide a service to architects, builders and landlords of properties requiring greater thought to the design of disabled spaces.
Prices of equipment start from £120 for an ergonomic basin mixer to £800 for a level access shower tray with the appearance of slate but made from slip resistant material that is warm and soft under foot.
For more information visit www.motionspot.co.uk