Swiss designer Sebastian Maluska has created a simple rooftop tent that can be fitted to the roof of any car.
Maluska is recent a graduate of The Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, based in Renens, Switzerland, where he studied product design. He created the tent for adventurous young people who want to travel on a budget, or go to remote areas.
“I spend a lot of time outside doing sport like skiing and surfing,” Maluska told online design publication Dezeen. “It is always nice to be the first on the mountain or the first in the water. Therefore I have to sleep right at the spot.”
Inspired by watching video from the Volvo Ocean Race, where he saw crewmembers sleeping inside a yacht with surfaces made almost entirely of fabric, Maluska used materials similar to those found on sailing boats: aluminium to provide a lightweight frame and waterproof sailing fabric.
In transit, the tent folds into an aerodynamically shaped form which can be sued for storage, secured to a roofrack. When in use, a ladder can be folded down and the tent roof raised, creating a sheltered space for two adults.
Maluska says existing tents designed to sit on car roofs are heavy, expensive to buy, and don’t do much for fuel efficiency due to the extra weight burden on the car.
But is it comfortable? Maluska told Dezeen he tested an early prototype on a two-night trip into the mountains.
“The sleeping surface was really comfortable and because the tent is detached from the floor, there was no moisture in it. I slept with the side windows open so I could see the stars.”
Out-of-the-ordinary tents are popular right now.. a few weeks back we reported on this transformer-style tent which can be converted into a treehouse or a boat.
Read more – and see other images – at Dezeen.