PILIUS – Raincoat for Wheelchair Users
Designer: Petja Zorec
Kickstarter project manager: Tjaša Tolj
Design (Dis)Ability platform founder: Meta Štular
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our project is based on a proactive approach to creating a designer product within the DESIGN (DIS)ABILITY brand that benefits those with both temporary and permanent limited mobility.
PILIUS is a unique raincoat for wheelchair users that pays particular attention to contemporary aesthetics and real functionality – providing fast and effective protection against rain and the elements. This exceptional raincoat covers the entire body as well as the wheelchair, without interfering with the wheelchair’s manoeuvrability or overall operation. Pilius fits snugly into a discreet bag with Velcro loops that fit onto the push handles or push bar of any manual wheelchair. On the lower part of the bag are two zippers that open from the middle outwards. With one simple move, the user pulls the sewn-in reflective strap and unfolds the raincoat from the back of the wheelchair. Pilius is fashioned from a waterproof, windproof and vapour-permeable material made by Schoeller, a Swiss company specialized in high-tech textiles commonly used for sports and active lifestyle applications. The translucent fabric helps create a contemporary, urban look and emphasizes the individual style of the user. Features like a thoughtfully designed hood, extended and reinforced sleeves, customized strapping options and reflective tape that provides high-visibility, are all designed and constructed to fit the body perfectly, providing real comfort and protection. And a front pocket for smaller, personal items can also be used to stow the raincoat in a small, more compact package.