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Para


product design



2023
diploma project



Para
is a rain protector specially designed for people in wheelchairs.
People in wheelchairs have great difficulty finding suitable and fashionable clothing that also meets the technical requirements. Especially with outdoor clothing and especially with rain protection, there is a great need for new, innovative solutions. So the jacket, comparable to conventional rain jackets, has to be cut shorter and generally have a better and more adjustable fit. Sleeves must not be too long and get in the way of bikes or get in the way, but must be long enough to cover everything. For safety it is important that the hood can be adjusted so that it rotates with the head. People in wheelchairs need more freedom of movement in the shoulder area, which the arm movement requires for locomotion, but there should not be too much textile that could interfere. A mesh insert was sewn into the back, which is covered by two straps. The elasticity of the mesh allows freedom of movement and the mesh provides additional breathability. The tabs serve as a design element and make it waterproof again. The closures of the jacket and leg protection have all been designed to be easy to use, even when mobility in the hands and fingers is reduced. Zippers have large tabs that can be operated with your thumb or your whole hand. The remaining fasteners are innovative magnetic fasteners from Fidlock or sewn-in magnets that are easy and intuitive to use.
Pictures and Video: Tabea Wschiansky


This project was developed as a bachelor diploma project in industrial design at the Zurich University of the Arts.


︎︎︎ National Winner, James Dyson Award, Switzerland, 2023
(https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/de-CH/2023/project/para-outerwear-without-boundaries/)

︎︎︎ Nominated for «global design graduate show»
by Arts Thread and Gucci, ongoing, 2023

︎︎︎ Honourable mention, «Förderpreis», Zurich University of the Arts, 2023

︎︎︎ Nominated for «prototypes for humanity», ongoing, 2023



Video: Tabea Wschiansky, Tizian Naterop; Model: Basil Dias, Tizian Naterop; Music: Spectrum – Max Cooper





01 – arm detail


03 – detail arm zipper opening for ventilation and easy access


05 – detail leg cover bottom


07 – detail jacket


09 – detail leg cover


11 – Para


13 – detail opening for pass through


15 – detail leg cover bag description in english and braille



17 – detail jacket




02 – detail leg cover bag and description in english and braille


04 – leg cover


06 – detail hood adjustment and reflective details


08 – detail arm adjustment 


10 – Para


12 –detail hood


14 – detail Para


16 – detail back and hood



18 – detail jacket front