david shatz's melina transforms from backpack into sleeping tent in one quick action david shatz's melina transforms from backpack into sleeping tent in one quick action
mar 21, 2016

david shatz's melina transforms from backpack into sleeping tent in one quick action

david shatz’s melina transforms from backpack into sleeping tent in one quick action
(above) the aim is to create a sense of safety and confidence when sleeping in public
all images courtesy of yael sloma and oded antman

 

 

 

when looking at the urban public space, its lack of use is evident: large portions of it are being used only for the purpose of mobilization. individuals suffer from fear while being on it, mainly because of others who exist there, parallel to them. it’s because of this that david shatz, under the guidance of designer tal gor, as part of the hospitality studio in the bezalel academy in jerusalem, decided to build a tool that will assist individuals in the process of reoccupying the public space by creating a device that allows the user to pause and linger.

 

to create a nomad state in an urban environment a person doesn’t need more than a carry-on sack and a comfortable tool to sleep in. ‘melina’ aims to combine both —the sack and the sleeping area— and to create a sense of safety and confidence when sleeping in public spaces, an action considered as insecure.

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‘melina’ in its open door position

 

 

 

‘melina’ can transform from a backpack —which can include all necessary belongings— into a sleeping tool in one quick action. it creates an urban armored-like sleeping area that fits the street atmosphere while providing a sense of security of a private space and a temporary relaxation from the city’s hustle. yet ‘melina’ can also be folded quickly back into a backpack, be carried on a person’s back, and simplify the act of wandering around. this product is designed for revolutionists who want to occupy public space with their own bodies, for adventurers who want to experience an urban camping, to those who prepare for an apocalypse and to anyone who wants a nomad kind of life.

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the backpack/tent can fit an adult inside

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when folded, ‘melina’ can be carried around easily as a backpack

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opening action

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the opening and closing procedures are made in one quick action

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the tent as it transforms into a backpack

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‘melina’ as a backpack

 

 

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: juliana neira | designboom

  • “can be carried around easily as a backpack”…
    Seriously ?

    Bananarama says:
  • I like your thinking on this but I have a back-packable inflatable boat and though fine in theory the idea doesn’t always translate well on a hike. However I’d love to see you scale these up to produce a seasonal use backyard shelter or glamping space?

    Mark Harrison says:
  • Doesn’t look very comfortable and I would also ask,how many kilo is its weight?

    serena riese says:
  • I like the accordion shape. Can it open and close with stuff in it or do you have to take everything out to open it? Maybe one day people will invent a lightweight single person tent that can even fit inside a backpack.

    sanjay says:
  • i hope this inspires a lightweight and cost-efficient version to be distributed to transient people. i’m in la and the rise of development and the sharp decrease in affordable housing has led to many more transient people with no adequate shelter. this wouldn’t be a solution, but it could help.

    liv says:
  • Liv – There are backpack swags made in australia for homeless / transient people from a non for profit.

    Harley says:

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