Dutch wellness designer Harm Rensink created a gorgeous sacred space designed to stimulate the senses and enlighten the mind. The Nomadic Sand Bath consists of a zero energy translucent cocoon tent propped up by a bamboo frame that sits on a mountain of heated sand. The idea was inspired by thermal sand bathing from Japan but is perfectly suited for any busy city.
The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink’s latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand Eindhoven’s event. Mounted in an old empty church, the confined ephemeral space offers festivalgoers a place to unwind and dream away from daily life.
Before entering ‘the new reality’ visitors are asked to leave their belongings aside and dress up in a thin woven cotton suit. A wellness installation, the nomadic sand bathing experience is a ‘space of benefit,’ a cozy private retreat to relax the body and the mind. In a world where many of us are fixed in life structures, modern survival and information overload, we agree that there is a need for spaces where we can step out from our regular environments and regroup.
Photos by Harm Rensink