Dutch designer Anna-Sophie Dienemann adds pizzazz to social distancing protocols with her project Bounding Spaces, a collection of seven wearable “distance keepers” which are worn close to the body as sculptural objets, and create a safe social distance from other people when unfurled.
Dienemann designed the collection in response to London Design Biennale’s theme Design in An Age of Crisis, which invites designers from all disciplines to find rapid responses to the most pressing issues the world and humanity is currently facing.
The accessories are made up of lightweight, water-resistant fabrics stretched across a pliable string steel wire. When compressed and draped across the torso or shoulders, they look like something you’d see on a model strutting down the runway. With a tug of a string, they fan out around the wearer’s body to keep other people at bay, revealing playful splotchy patterns in vibrant tones across its abstract shape in the process. Bending the spring steel towards the body snaps it back to its compressed state.
For Dienemann, the collection is first and foremost a fashion statement with the added bonus of reminding people of the importance of social distancing during the pandemic. “I wanted to create accessories people would like to wear not only to create distance, but also to add something to their outfit,” she explains. “I believe this will create challenge for us to appropriately dress ourselves in public when being surrounded by many people.”
Images © Anna-Sophie Dienemann