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THE BACKPACK TENT

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Have you ever passed an appealing spot in the middle of the city and wished you could just stop and stay put for a few hours? That’s the kind of thing Israeli architecture student David Shatz wants people to do more often: to exercise their civic rights by experiencing public spaces fully, not just as thoroughfares. So, with the help of designer Tal Gor, Shatz invented the ‘Melina’ – a backpack that folds out into a slim, one-person-sized tent designed for sudden stints in unlikely urban settings. Lightweight but durable, Melina is like a cocoon you can fold up accordion-style at a moment’s notice. Increased mobility and security mean greater freedom from the practical concerns that can inhibit wanderers with a penchant for unusual, lengthy pausing. Plus, it looks awesome – if admittedly a little impractical. Head toDesignboom for more info.

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