From the highly reputable design school in Renens, Switzerland, ECAL, Sebastian Maluska took on the challenge of redesigning the humble rooftop car tent. He based this passion for fine tuning the pop-up tent because of his love of surfing and skiing. As he said, it’s always nice when you can be the first on the slopes or the water. In order to do that, you need to get sleep when and where you can.

That is what led him to design a new version of the incredibly practical pop-up tent, that could be installed on almost any car roof. He took a lot of inspiration from watching sailors participating in the Volvo Ocean Race sleeping inside a boat. So he made the new pop-up tent with an aluminum frame, chosen for its lightweight properties and used sailing fabric because of its waterproofing.

The tent has been designed to comfortably house two people and opens and closes with relative ease and will give stunning views thanks to its positioning on top of a car. As no-one really wants to climb up and down their car, a handy ladder has been stored inside a pocket in the fabric.

Although it remains to be seen whether this will ever make it to the production stage and see the light of day, we feel it could be an excellent alternative to what’s out there at the moment.

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