From Coffee to the Heart, to Consciously Designing Better Spaces

Our projects with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS).
Our projects with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS).

It all started when we received an opportunity to design a space for a cafe located in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) in 2013, while I was still a Commercial Interior Designer.

I didn’t think too much about it, aside from the fact that it was a cafe for students with special needs.

But when I saw these students actually patronising the store, and having loads of fun exploring and soaking in the ambience that we had crafted for them, my entire perspective of designing such spaces completely shifted. Continue reading “From Coffee to the Heart, to Consciously Designing Better Spaces”

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Interior Design for the Special Needs School

CPAS classrooms
One of our projects with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS).


Klique purposefully designs environments for special needs schools and facilities, so as to create custom spaces that stimulate children with special needs to explore, express, and experiment in a safe and meaningful setting.

Klique designs enjoyable spaces that enable immersive and collaborative learning experiences for key special needs care stakeholders.

Combining empathy with creativity, chronic illness insights with interior design foresight, the end result is conducive habitats that empower, excite, and inspire the superheroes that make special needs care possible day in, and day out. Continue reading “Interior Design for the Special Needs School”

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To You It’s the Easy Way. To Him It’s the Only Way

Lift for people with disabilities - To you it's the easy way. To him it's the only way.

Description of ad: A man in a wheelchair is in front of an open lift at an MRT (mass rapid transit) station. He cannot enter the lift because it is full. We see 10 people inside the lift, all of whom are non-disabled. All of them are ignoring the wheelchair user – some are looking away; others are checking or talking on their phones.

Headline: To you, it’s the easy way. To him, it’s the only way.

Body text: Often, we do not realise that persons with disabilities lack alternative routes to get around. To enable them to do about their daily lives, we just need to observe these simple rules. Avoid using elevators, seats and toilets designated for persons with disabilities. Also, do not park in front of ramps and in parking lots meant for them. Remember, their biggest disability is our apathy.

Credit to: Disabled People’s Association Singapore

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Enabling People with Special Needs Through Design

4 major types of disabilityGenerally, there are 4 groups of people with different special needs. Their impairments are as follow:
1. Mobility impairment. They are wheelchair users or the ambulant disabled with restricted movements.
2. Visual impairment. This refers to blindness, partial sight and color blindness.
3. Hearing impairment. They are people with deafness and hearing loss.
4. Cognitive impairment. They are people who face cognitive, language or learning disabilities such as people with dementia or autism.

Designing and building an interior integrated with accessibility means such as assistive devices can facilitate user-friendliness of a space. This means a space has to be inclusive enough in enabling users in general as well as people with special needs use a space more confidently and independently. By including more accessible measures to our environment, it can improve the quality of life for persons with special needs and their care-givers tremendously.

Thus, we value the benefits universal design brings to our clients. It has also became an important factor in our design thinking process. We believe being inclusive should be a collective effort among all stakeholders and society as a whole.

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Is Sign Language Universal?

Is sign language universal?
The answer is No. Different countries use different sign languages. Some countries even have multiple sign languages. Sign language is not just the hand and body movements but also includes facial expressions.

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