Why Don’t More Tents Instantly Convert to Open-Air Shelters?
Tendo: The ultralight one-man tent that moonlights as a gazebo
Designer Paul Van Laar conceived of the Tendo, a uniquely shaped, ultra-lightweight single-person tent that can serve as either your sleeping shelter or opened on one side to create an open-air lounge of sorts, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings with a bit of protection from the elements.
Tendo (3 images)
For now it remains a concept, but Van Laar was inspired by the supreme durability and packability of kites he used for kitesurfing in Brazil. Making many mock-ups out of paper and then increasingly more durable supplies, the end design of Tendo relies on a single valve for inflation (there’s a mattress built-in to the construction) and not a single peg or stake to keep track of.
No word on the weight of the thing, except that Van Laar says: “it has the comfort of a two person tent with the weight of a single person tent.” To learn more about the design process or keep an eye for production updates, visit his site.