Home medical equipment as art

Thursday, October 22, 2009

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Drive Medical’s partnership with a renowned architect has paid an unusual dividend: Two of the company’s products are now featured in a retrospective

art exhibit.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s ongoing exhibit features the work of designer, architect and artist Michael Graves, who began using a wheelchair in 2003 after meningitis left him paralyzed below the waist. Graves, 75, subsequently teamed up with Drive to develop a stylish line of HME.

“This is a testament to Grave’s design—that it is unique,” said Ed Link, Drive Medical’s vice president of marketing.

When describing a Graves-Drive bath rail in a story on the exhibit, a reporter wrote: “In contrast to the stainless steel grab rails usually seen in institutional settings, Graves’ offering is a soft blue oval ring set onto a metal frame clad in white plastic with a bright orange knob for adjustments.”

“(Graves’) idea is, ‘I’m going to design things that not only look good but that are much more functional,’” Link said.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 3, 2010.