tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith
tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith
aug 09, 2012
tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith

tentsile – a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith




designer and architect alex shirley-smith has initiated crowd-funding to see the development and realization of the most recent iteration of his suspended tent concept ‘tensile’. shirley-smith has been developing the range since 2011 and is now seeking resources to realize ‘tentsile 2′ – a temporary, portable dwelling able to be affixed to surrounding tree trunks, mimicking a spider’s web.

the new concept seeking crowd-funding




the hammock-style lodging is made from 3 weights of rip-stop nylon sheet fabrics, where ‘tentsile’ employs the material’s innate strengths for various sections of the body, however is also able to maintain light-weight qualities for ease of transport. the creator sees the concept as not only appropriate for regular globe trotters, but also habitation for biological research groups who traverse through nature and need to travel light.

the 8 person variation of ‘tentsile’




‘tentsile’ comes in a range of sizes to suit different locations or environmental conditions. each unit is bespoke and tailored to the specific needs of the user,  the floor of ‘tentsile’ can also be replaced with trampoline mesh to forge an enclosed play space. you can visit the site to support the design here.








concept ‘tentsile’ example location


concept ‘tentsile’ example location

two person iteration




video of ‘tentsile’ set-up




tentsile 2 product specifications:

material: silicon coated nylon rip-stop fly sheet, PU coated texturised nylon hammocks, mesh bed flooring, 35mm webbing strap skeleton, 30mm aluminium central pole, 6 x aluminium battens
maximum load capacity:
400 kg
set up time: about 20-30 mins

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

tents (29 articles)