Lanzavecchia + Wai certainly are intrested in fun style, as they showed with their delightful Rocking Bench and Seat, but it turns out the designers are also concerned with function as well. Their Together Canes are a clever way to make canes a little more useful than just helping people balance while standing and walking.
While you wouldn't want to leave the house with a Together Cane as it would just become cumbersome and awkward to carry around through a store or park, they are a great way to make a cane a little more helpful around the house. And don't worry about grandmothers having to drag around a bunch of heavy stuff on their canes, the designs all feature wheels that are stiff enough to provide stability for the person using the cane, but loose enough to allow the canes to move around even with cups of liquid on them without spilling a drop.
There are three different styles of Together Canes, so whatever a person might want to have access to throughout the house, there is a great cane for that purpose. For the technology-savvy elderly, there's the I-cane, which provides a great desktop surface for users to set their iPads or lap tops so they can use them easily while sitting on the couch.
The T-cane does precisely what the name implies -provide support for the user and their tea. This design features a small tea tray so the user can still enjoy tea time without having to lug around a heavy tray of tea.
Lastly, the U-cane features a simple container that allows users to carry around a stack of just about anything, whether serving as a magazine rack or a sewing basket. Finally it's easy for the elderly to carry all of their knitting supplies from the living room to the bedroom without having to carry a heavy load or making multiple trips.
While many people might not need these designs now, most of us know someone who could use them and there will very well be a time when you will need a cane and wish that yours is like a helpful piece of furniture, or at least one that is useful for something besides just supporting you as you walk.