In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are unconscious psychological strategies brought by various entities to cope with anxiety. Dutch designers, Kathy Ludwig & Florian Kräutli, responded to the idea by conceiving a series of accessory/wearable devices that wearers can act upon when faced with certain fears.
Need to escape? The wrinkled bag serves as a hiding place, and is expandable to about two and a half times its size to fit a full-sized adult. Material: cotton, elastics, leather
Constructed out of pockets, the skirt acts as a ‘tree camouflage’ when it is lifted over the head. The pockets form the leaves of the crown and your feet symbolize the trunk. The skirt also forms a space around your upper body, shielding you from the outer world. Material: cotton
Designers’ intent: This project consists of series of bags for people who feel threatened in our society. The bag is something carried/worn close to the body and is an extension of ones private space, which plays the biggest role in relation to social phobias. These bags are a sort defensive weapon, not visible as such in the ﬁrst place, but which can be applied when feeling threatened. They work as a peaceful defense, without physical violence, but by enhancing or stabilizing ones private space.