Lab4Living is a trans-disciplinary research group, based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices. We work together to address real world issues that impact on health and wellbeing, developing products, services and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life.
Set up in 2007, Lab4Living is one of the longest-established living labs in Europe and is based at Sheffield Hallam University. Our work has spanned more than 150 research projects and has included collaborations in over 80 academic, hospital and community organisations in over 15 countries.
Lab4Living creates opportunities to share work and bring the wider design and health community together through a regular series of events and publications. We established the international Design4Health conferences in 2011. More recently, we have worked with leading published Taylor & Francis to launch a new international refereed journal, Design For Health.
In 2019 Lab4Living was awarded £4 million in funding from Research England in recognition of its excellence in design-led research. This award enables us to further develop our work through funded projects, public engagement and an expanded team of researchers and postgraduate students, with a particular focus on the 100 year life and the future home.
Lab4Living has hosted the first public sharing of a new play by award-winning playwright tackling issue of depression and suicide in men. The play was performed on Tuesday to an invited audience and aims to help raise awareness and encourage discussion on difficult topics.
The windows of the White Building are a window into the world of Lab4Living, providing a snapshot of our activity. Artefacts on display include internationally exhibited, current prototypes and emerging projects. In Sep 2021 we are showing work from the HOSPITAbLe furniture collection and playful artefacts from the Future Care Home project.
Series of international conferences, events and publications
Design For Health journal
Refereed international journal (Taylor & Francis) covering design in health and wellbeing.
Commercially focused product and packaging design consultancy based at Sheffield Hallam University.
CCRI Impact Blog
Showcasing research from the Culture & Creativity Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University.