Drive hires famous architect to design products

Sunday, June 12, 2005

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. -- Drive Medical will debut a line DME next year designed by world-renowned architect and product designer Michael Graves.

"By providing new product opportunities and alternatives to our customers, we hope to counteract some of the potential undesirable effects of pending competitive bidding regulations, which we oppose," said Harvey P. Diamond, President and Chief Executive Officer of Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing.

Known internationally for design excellence, Graves and his firms have won over 175 awards for design excellence. He was the recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Arts and the 2001 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. His innovative product design practice is responsible for more than 1,700 consumer products for companies such as Alessi, Disney and Target.

In addition to the experience of his architectural practice and broad interest in accessibility issues, Graves, who is a paraplegic, will bring his personal insight and years of experience into this new area of design, Drive stated in a release last week.

The Michael Graves Collection for Drive Medical will include: bath safety equipment; mobility equipment, aids to daily living.