With the fast pace and daily stresses of our rat race lifestyles, reclusive retreats for the regeneration of body and soul becomes all the more important in the modern day context. And by retreats, we don’t mean those expensive Greek island trips. The optimized degree of privacy you seek can actually be ‘poetically’ found in your weekend camping grounds or even in your backyard lawns. We are of course talking about the ‘Mikasi’, a sunscreen tent remarkably inspired by the conical form of Native American Tipi.
Traditional Tipis were portable yet hardy tent structures suited to the nomadic lifestyle of earlier, plain dwelling Native Americans. This ingenious design’s translation is also found in the Mikasi, with the use of extremely durable yet flexible materials. In this regard, the covering ‘sails’ of the tent are crafted from Tyvek, a DuPont synthetic component consisting of high-density polyethylene fibers. These drapes can be kept closed or partially opened, depending upon the sunlight and user’s preference of privacy.
On the other hand, the flexible scope of the tent is defined by the mounted wooden frames made of ash wood. This framework follows the design principle of lazy tongs, which entails a crossbar mechanism that can be extended and retracted.
In simpler terms, this means that the Mikasi’s framework can be extended when needed to be set up, and also compressed when needed to be carried, thus alluding to a semi-modular scope. Finally, the framework is supported by an under-padding, which forms the ‘floor’ element of the tent.