uslon concept swimwear disguises extra buoyancy to help keep afloat
uslon concept swimwear disguises extra buoyancy to help keep afloat uslon concept swimwear disguises extra buoyancy to help keep afloat
may 09, 2016

uslon concept swimwear disguises extra buoyancy to help keep afloat

uslon concept swimwear disguises extra buoyancy to help keep afloat
all images courtesy of katerina semenko and valery graznov




‘uslon’ designed by katerina semenko and engineered by valery graznov is swimwear with multiple tiny air-capsules stitched into its straps, waistline and neckline that provide the minimal sufficient volume to keep a body afloat. disguised to look like regular swimming attire, the flotation system does not need any instructions for inflation and uses atmospheric pressure with no risk for punctures. research behind the project states that if the human body receives two to three kilograms of additional buoyancy (depending on body size), it becomes much harder to drown. ‘uslon’ offers those extra three kilograms in a slim design which has life saving potential that always stays on.

‘uslon’ swimwear collection includes one-piece swimsuit, bandeau bikini and man’s trunks

dozen of small air tubes are placed into collar while another portion is in air-capsule pads

there are twelve rows of elastic air tubes sewn into the trunk’s belt

encapsulated tubes are in bodice and hip strap

an analysis of human body buoyancy.


 air-capsule pads and polyethylene micro-tubes or capsules

a comparison of body’s buoyancy


designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: piotr boruslawski | designboom

  • Interesting concept!!! Years of sharing surfboards with my brothers has made me aware of the energy exerted when treading water. It would have been that much easier with swimwear of this sort. Not to mention swimmers accidentally caught in a riptide would be able to easily float until rescue. What a great design.

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