Not many would expect the man behind the design of a popular sports car to design a wheelchair but this is exactly what Maarten de Bruijn has done. The Dutch engineer was associated with the styling and designing of Spyker C8 cars. He worked on three models of Spyker C8, namely, the Spyker C8 Spyder, C8 Laviolette and C8 Double, launched in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 respectively.
There is always a sense of seriousness associated with medical devices. These are always billed as the ones that require only functionality with little desire having been expressed to bring in a change in terms of design. A wheelchair falls in the same bracket. Maarten de Bruijn thinks differently though. For him, it was akin to the design of the seat of a luxury sports car than just a wheelchair. The result, we must say, does not disappoint. For someone who has designed the Spyker C8, it is inevitable that the work he does in other domains has a distinct touch of his earlier assignment.
The material used in the car owes it to Maarten de Bruijn's association with Spyker. Carbon fiber has been used in the seat to ensure that it has a relaxing feel to it. The wheelchair is stable and comfortable along the lines of the seat of a luxury car. It has three wheels and the stability comes from the long wheelbase.
The designing part of the medical devices is often ignored against functionality. It is understandable that no bling is needed in devices such as a wheelchair and even other similar medical equipment but emphasis on functionality is no excuse for lack of work on the design part. Just as we ask for the best when it comes to our cars, it is only appropriate that high profile designers take up work related to medical devices to bring comfort to the ailing patients.