On the 21st of October I visited City Mobility in Bermondsey. It is a shop specialising in mobility aids/tools and seemed to represent everything that I feel is wrong with the aesthetic of old age and disability.
See website –
There is nothing desirable about this image ^. Its a common language amongst sellers of such items.
Reasons for visiting –
- I aimed to get a good grip on how much mobility tools cost both new/used.
- To understand the buying experience of such objects – are those that need this stuff often without voices/choice.. is that why this stuff has remained as awful and inelegant as it is?
- This is a new world to me so I wanted to visit to get any sort of information
- I wanted to see how this stuff was showcased, any delight in the experience – in this case non at all and I’d wager this is common.
So i decided that I didn’t want to plan it, didn’t want to have a script, just go in as a customer and hope to engage with somebody in there.
So even secondhand, He pointed to a few wheelchairs and said these start at around £100. They didn’t look like they could possibly be worth that, tatty and ugly.
He didn’t really touch on the style of the mobility aids, but did mention that a self powered wheelchair isn’t ideal as most people get very tired and would prefer a powered chair.. I get where he is coming from but also I think the most recognisable chair is self powered and its the one i wish to focus on to begin with and probably for this entire project.