The future of camping may be easier and more convenient thanks to innovative designs like David Shatz’s Melina tent, which can be folded up and carried like a backpack. Created as part of a student project at the Department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, the folding tent offers a minimalist approach to roughing it outdoors. The cocoon-like expanding tent sleeps one, and it can be set up without any extra tools.
The Melina pulls out accordion-style into a tent or folds together for a flatter profile. Two gray straps attached to one end of the tent allow the user to carry the Melina around like a backpack. A simple color palette matches the minimalist, no-frills design.
While the Melina is a very neat concept, it’s not yet a viable consumer-friendly product. While portable, the tent-turned-backpack appears bulky and could be quite heavy to carry. It also doesn’t appear to be capable of storing items securely. Still, with some more design development the Melina could help inspire a more minimalist and easy approach to camping that’s also lightweight and stylish.