'In response to the refugee crisis, we have created a wearable shelter: a personal piece of clothing, that when unfolded creates a suitable dwelling to provide protection from the elements. Our concept is based on the principals of inflation and the versatility of a vest. We have opted to use a high quality material, Tyvek, a unique and multifaceted material, though, yet extremely light and soft. It is permeable to air and water wapor still repelling rain.
We seek to impart a sense of security both physically and literally by providing full body coverage. Other unique aspects are the ability to document health concerns, travel companions and originating location. We feel these aspects serve as a means of reminding the user of its connection to their origin in a moment of complete disconnect.
As a wearable piece, our clothing is equipped with pockets for personal items, a hood and heat insulation. Heat insulation is gained though the use of a patterned of Mylar, more commonly known as Emergency or Space blankets, adhered to the inside of the piece. One's own heat is trapped inside creating a self serving warmth system.
As a tent, our piece, is designed to house a full size adult as well as a small child. The shelter has two varying heights from one to the other in an attempt to reduce the amount of fabric a user has to carry on their body. The pieces used as a means of access to the shelter can be contacted to one another to join people of larger groups together.'
group project MA Interior Design RCA l Ruben Van Den Bossche. Anne Sophie Geay. Hailey Darling. Eve Hoffman. Jess Wang. Gabriella Geagea. Giulia Silovy. Zara Ashby. Cassie Buckhart. Anna Duthie
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