Reclaimed wood raft features an origami paper canopy

April 6, 2020 by  
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The innovative team at U.K.-based Inclume has come up with a unique way to take a break from the stresses of life. Its latest design is a reclaimed wood raft that accommodates two people. The Tetra raft even features a peaceful shading canopy made out of delicate, origami paper forms. Inspired by the shape of an abstracted sail, the volume of the raft incorporates multiple tetrahedron shapes. Entirely constructed out of reclaimed materials, Tetra achieves its buoyancy thanks to three old barrels that were donated to the team. Atop the barrels is the main platform, which is made of salvaged shipping pallets provided by a local carpenter. Several discarded garden bamboo canes comprise the frame and canopy. Even the boat’s oars, which were sanded and painted with a triangular motif, were donated from a local boat club. Related: Floating ICEBERG creatively confronts global warming With its tiny size and rustic nature, the reclaimed wood raft is perfect for an escape on the water. Adding a bit of serenity to the design is a beautiful, handcrafted canopy. This canopy consists of several triangular frames, which are crafted from thread entwined with recycled paper. The canopy is then covered in origami paper forms that add whimsy to the overall design. Intricately folded by hand, the paper forms sway gently in the wind and allow natural light and shade to dance across the raft. The Tetra raft was a temporary installation that took place on a local lake. During the day, passersby were encouraged to help the team construct parts of the raft on the shore. According to the designers, the aim of the event was not only to build a temporary, water-based shelter out of reclaimed materials, but to also encourage people to participate in similar projects in their communities. + Inclume Images via Inclume

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How Newspaper Became a Fashion Statement

September 24, 2010 by  
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Top eco-designers Samantha Pleet, Lara Miller, Bahar Shahpar and Anthony Lilore took a break from post-Fashion Week mayhem to participate in Yesterday’s News Do-Gooder Design Challenge.

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Ed Begley, Jr., Takes on Fox, Martha Talks Turkey, and More (Video)

November 27, 2009 by  
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Planet Green star Ed Begley Jr.

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Under Attack, Michael Mann, In His Own Words

November 27, 2009 by  
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Penn State’s Michael Mann You know the story by now.

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Giving Thanks

November 23, 2009 by  
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Originally, I thought I was going to continue building on my Chicago post-occupancy study rant on energy modeling for this week’s column, but then I realized that: 1) I need a break from being a pissant; and 2) I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.  

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