Todays DDW pick is Sexual Healing by Nienke Helder. Spotted at Design Academy's graduation show, Sexual Healing got us curious due to the minimal and abstract design of the objects. The set of objects that together form Sexual Healing, invite women to get to know their body and explore what feels good.
Since sex is not the same for everybody. Especially for woman who deal with sexual dysfunctions, sex can be a source of shame or frustration. Solutions for dysfunctions such as vagianism are often very clinical, while problems in your sexlife may arise from a psychological point of view. Sexual Healing doesn't focus on penetration specifically, but on regaining confidence and finding pleasure.
The first object, a mirror that lights up in the dark, is designed to take a careful peak at you know what. Second, a brush made out of horse hair, is designed to help users become comfortable with being touched again. This brush can be used alone or together, which creates an opportunity to involve the partner in the healing process. The last two objects provide the user feedback about pressure- and breathing. One is a measurement tool that starts to vibrate when muscles in the pelvic floor tens up. Second is a sensor that is meant to be placed on the abdomen, when the user's breathing becomes fast or tense, the device lights up. Both the vibration and light signal serve as a helpful reminder to take it slow again and relax.
Sexual Healing invites women to explore what feels good to help relieve fear and pain and (re)gain a sense of security about what their bodies enjoy. Showing a clear connection to the trend we like to call Holistically Happy; where we aim not to be perfect human beings, but live a mindfull life and being comfortable in your own skin.
Helder's inspiration has grown from her own experience with treatments, and how the clinical approach was removing her further from the sexual context. Always inspiring when someone has the ability to turn one's own negative experience into something positive by helping others.