BMW and the north face unveil superlight camper made of fabric

BMW and the north face unveil superlight camper made of fabric

BMW‘s designworks division has teamed up with the north face on a lightweight camperthe automotive’s subsidiary unveiled the FUTURELIGHT camper concept at CES 2019 on tuesday, imagining the future of protection from the elements with a new fabric innovation from the north face.

BMW and the north face unveil superlight camper made of fabric

images courtesy of BMW divisionworks



according to designworks, FUTURELIGHT uses a nanospinning process allowing designers of the north face to add air permeability into the membrane of a fabric for the first time. the result, they say, is the world’s most advanced, breathable, waterproof material. the process creates nano-sized holes, allowing for incredible porosity while still maintaining total waterproofness, letting air move through the material and provide more venting than ever before.


the FUTURELIGHT camper was inspired by the 2008 BMW GINA light visionary model concept car. like the GINA concept, the camper is made of a fabric outer shell, consisting of a flexible material stretched over an iconic geodesic dome to demonstrate the potential uses of the new fabric beyond just apparel.

BMW and the north face unveil superlight camper made of fabric



the FUTURELIGHT camper is on display during the global consumer electronics tradeshow by invite-only from jan. 7 – jan. 11 in las vegas. FUTURELIGHT will first become available to consumers in the north face product line and will be featured across the brand’s pinnacle performance collections.


project info


name: FUTURELIGHT camper

designers: BMW designworks, the north face

  • Jimmy Xi – breaks are required because the camper also breaks when the car breaks; sooo, no fake breaks, do your research. As I see it in this concept phase, it can be a promising project. The only thing that troubles me is how the structure will allow speeds of 100km/h without it being folded/damaged

    Andreea Mitrea
  • Does this fold at all into a closed shell? If not I wonder how the fabric is expected to deal with trees, road salt, stones, etc.
    Why are the tires round like a motorcycle?
    Do you need a massive extruded floor like that?

  • Why are there fake brake disks on those wheels? So… they have not figured out how to make a door closure? That front stand at the hitch – folds away, yes? Seems a little early in development to present it.


    Jimmy Xi

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