Nienke Helder’s Sensory Objects for Rehabilitation

Presented at Dutch Design Week this year, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Nienke Helder’s sensory objects are made for rehabilitation, not just pleasure. Created to help women recover from sexual abuse, the pieces are made for people to explore their sense of touch—to rediscover in a way what they enjoy and what they don’t. Helder worked with medical experts and women in recovery, and also used her own experience of rehab, “I was really frustrated with the way we treat these kinds of issues. In my opinion, the treatments that I got only made it worse. It was totally taking me away from the sexual context; it became really clinical. It was so focused on this end goal of penetration that I totally lost all fun in my sexuality.” Read more at Dezeen.