Designed to elevate both the user's physical and emotional experience, abl transforms itself from a mobility aid to a personal accessory worth showing off.
Today's mobility aids come with a stigma. While canes are intended to serve as a trusty companion, providing stability and confidence, they are often considered an embarrassment.
This stigma is perpetuated by the clinical look and feel of typical canes. Constructed from plastic and aluminum, combined with clanky adjustment features, canes are often cold and impersonal.
As we looked to re-imagine today's walking cane, our challenge was to design a product that someone would be proud to hold by their side.
To fight the stigma, we focused on improving the user's experience with the cane, both physically and emotionally. Improved functionality and thoughtful aesthetics would come together to achieve this.
Aesthetically, we set out to create an authentic cane that compliments its user. This authenticity was created by designing the cane around a timeless form with genuine materials to give a personal feel.
Today's canes are clinical, cold, and impersonal. To combat this, our solution is a cane that pairs enhanced user-focused functionality with quality materials.
Bending over to pick a cane up off the floor is difficult, if not impossible for some. abl's flared rubber grip tip provides extra traction while walking and also gives users the freedom to stand the cane beside them without having to hunt for a table or chair to lean it on.
Wrapped in cushioned leather, abl's ring-shaped handle ergonomically positions the user's grip directly over the cane's shaft, increasing both comfort and stability.
abl's genuine materials of stitched leather, solid wood, and natural rubber wrap this classic design in an aesthetic that flatters its user.
By elevating both the user's physical and emotional experience, abl transforms itself from a mobility aid to a personal accessory. abl defies the stigma and offers people a cane to show off proudly.