paul van laar has designed an ultralight camping tent that is easy to set up, small enough to be easily transportable, and yet comfortable and spacious. tendo is a one-person shelter whose shape transforms from a small, wind-resistant sleeping pod to an open lounge where users can cook and enjoy the sunset. 


mood rendering watching the sunset

 

 

using one valve and a smart pressurizing mechanism, paul van laar‘s tendo provides high comfort while staying compact in size. the designer drew from his kitesurfing experience in brazil, after seeing how extremely durable, lightweight, and easy to pack kites are. in the sleeping mode, tendo’s front beams are in a pressurized state. releasing the connection buckle will open up the tent into a daytime lounge, where the front tubes will unfold and the sides of the mattress will bend up to form the structure’s supporting sidewall. the tent is stable without the use of pegs, offering durable fabric flaps on which heavy objects can be placed instead, to stop it from flying away. due to its small size, it is wind resistant, while the double-walled inner space can be heated with one’s presence easily.


mood rendering on a cliff


the inside of a mock-up


rendering of the inside showing the transparent sky-window and the glowing air-beams


transformation from sleeping tent to a daytime lounge


topview and details of the valve and material


render view from the back showing some icons of tendo’s unique aspects

 

 


building a 1:4 model at the workshop of studio F. A. porsche


paper model of the opening mechanism


checking for proportions and ideal distribution of fabric in rhino 3D


welding a bladder for the airbeams


inspiration, research, experiments and design process

 

 

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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