The Keywing has been designed by Australian born, London-based designer Geoff Rolandsen. Geoff witnessed his father living with deteriorating dexterity in Australia and the challenges that it brings to his everyday life. Inspired when his father struggled to unlock his shed, and determined to make a difference to his life, Geoff set out to design a beautiful, desirable product that could help restore independence to his father and the 10 million people in the UK who live with arthritis and reduced dexterity.
“It was incredibly frustrating to know that a task as simple as opening the front door, is such a challenge to so many people” says Rolandsen.
The first prototype (the Workey) won a Design Council Spark award for innovation and an investment from Versus Arthritis to help refine, test and bring the product to market. Thanks to this support, the product is now available to assist millions who face this challenge everyday.