Sanita Valtere

Department: Man and Identity

Inflatable Confidence Raising Kit

What: A set of confidence-raising inflatables; physical accessories to influence our mental state.

Why: Confidence is an intangible asset. By materialising this as physical objects, we can control and alter our sense of self.

How: Worn on the shoulders as a social life vest, the inflatables form a protective bubble. Like animals that make themselves bigger when threatened, they also create a more imposing silhouette. Inflating the shapes with our own breath also acts as a ritualistic exercise in mindfulness in times of stress, fear, and self-doubt.

“Caution, very powerful tool! Use wisely”

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Ronald Smits