BY: JESSICA BEUKER
Fed up with the honking horns of rush-hour traffic and the constant screech of the copy-machine, Daniel Durnin created the WaterBed to so he could find temporary escape close to home. He designed a floating structure that can be towed by bicycle for easy transport and is providing a new and innovative way to enjoy close-by waterways and wildlife or far off crystal lakes.
The tiny structure can accommodate one person and boasts lots of windows for an open-air concept. Durnin wanted to enhance the user’s experience and connection to their surroundings. The London-based designer built the first prototype using wooden materials and focused on a minimalist design – a contrast to the busy and chaotic urban landscape.
According to Gizmag, the inside of the shelter is equipped with cushioned seating, which can transform into bedding at nighttime. There is also a fold down table for having a meal or enjoying a cup of coffee. The shelter’s canvas is retractable and all windows can be closed with curtains for privacy or shade.
The combination of floating and camping could be the ultimate cathartic experience.
Ropes can be used to secure the shelter to land and prevent it from floating away. The WaterBed can also be used on land as well, as comfortable and instant accommodation. While fairly convenient, the shelter weighs around 165 pounds, which could make cycling uphill a bit difficult. According to Inhabitat, Durnin has expressed interest in making his design an open concept so that anyone can get involved or offer suggestions.
“For me it’s the experience that you get using it,” said Durnin of the invention. “It’s quite magical to cycle along a path and then just push the WaterBed into the water and climb aboard. It’s so relaxing and calming just enjoying your surroundings.”
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