ABOUT US - WHO WE ARE - WHERE WE ARE
Based in Wellington New Zealand, Nina and Phil Bracen have a long history in designing award-winning products.
Nina studied Design at Victoria University and worked at buggy company phil&teds. It was there she met Phil. Phil’s many accolades included co-designing (with good friend Adrian Sergeant) the Fisher & Paykel revolutionary dish drawer.
Together, they've put their extensive skills and experience to reimagining the traditional walker both aesthetically and functionally. The first idea started forming in 2006, when Nina was at a design conference. “A gentleman, upon learning that I worked at phil&teds, asked if I could design beautiful walking frames. He had a friend who was sensitive about his appearance and hated his ugly walker.”
The second ‘aha’ moment came one night out at a restaurant, when the couple noticed an elderly lady sitting uncomfortably on her traditional walker. “It was hard to adjust and looked wrong in that environment,” Nina remembers.
During extensive research at retirement homes and hospitals, Nina and Phil learned elderly people had falls because they resisted using walkers because of the stigma around ageing and sickness. They were determined to make something simpler, elegant, and extremely functional, a walker that people would be proud to use at home or in the city streets.
They spent 3 years developing their stylish fold up walker, complete with patented auto brake technology, hidden brake cables, adjustable handles and built-in seat. The result is a walker that is sleeker, more lightweight, and automatically brakes when the user lets go of the handles. It's super easy to pack away or fit into a car, which Phil said was one of the issues people faced with traditional walkers.
The product of their combined passion for design is the ‘NIP Glide’ – an innovative lifestyle walking frame for the disabled and the elderly – aka NIP ‘New Independent People’.
Loved by many, the NIP Glide walker is available for purchase direct from this site and Well-able in New Zealand. It is also sold throughout Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United States.