Date
November 23, 2021
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Eden’s modular tray system assists sufferers with their pain management from the comfort of their own homes.

Around 28 million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain, negatively impacting the quality of life by limiting movement and causing anxiety and depression, which can worsen pain as a result. By offering an ecosystem of handy relief products, Eden tried to break this never-ending cycle.

UK designer Chris Barnes describes Eden as a ‘guardian of relief’. Comprising a modular tray system, it positions itself as a consumer-health product by enabling efficient access to existing pain relief products. The intention is to empower users by evoking a sense of management over their pain with a set of interchangeable units for users to choose from. They include storage for several items including oils, creams, heat pads and oils, as well as two massaging gadgets, a paingone pen holder, mood light and a diffuser. Depending on the user’s condition, a customisable tray can be created.

Eden Chris Barnes - different setups
The Eden ecosystem is symptomatic of a quiet revolution in research, treatment and product design, all finding new ways to help people heal – ©Chris Barnes

A priority for Barnes when designing the concept product was to build trust between the device and the user. As a result, he carefully considered the look, feel and wider touch-points of the product. Underneath the tray, a series of cards explain the positive impact or properties of each element. There’s also an LCD clock display to assist users in tracking the time when accessing pain relief.

From an aesthetic point of view, Eden is designed to create a calming effect. Sanitary colours are meant to convey a professional feel while simple organic forms were chosen to be calming

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Eden Chris Barnes - layout cards
Eden allows for efficient access to existing pain relief products – ©Chris Barnes

Eden reflects the growing diversity of chronic pain relief options

With the recent climate crisis and, of course, a global pandemic, health & wellness is on the rise. It has been for the past few years. As a result, we’ve seen a boom in designers turning their attention to medical products, of which pain relief is a particular concern. The Eden ecosystem is symptomatic of a quiet revolution in research, treatment and product design, all finding new ways to help people heal, from CBT to aromatherapy. 
It’s big business.

According to a recent report, the global pain management devices market is projected to reach USD 3.3 billion by 2026 from USD 2.2 billion in 2021. By compiling pain relief solutions into one customisable, easy-to-use tray, Eden meets the different needs of people in this growing market and the growing diversity of products being developed in response.

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