6th Aug 2010
'Take the fused nomadic home designs of the yurt, tipi and igloo, and slip the straitjacket of suburban values, materials and methods of construction over them.' John Paananen
I guess one could say this was the 'brief' for the product, although the conception of this product came from a very different experience.
Having studied portable and nomadic architecture before dropping out of Cranbrook Academy (Michigan), John went on to live in a nomadic fashion for the rest of the summer of 2006- camping out in Colorado desert-land with a tipi and yurt, hiking, biking, white water rafting, and of course researching. His friends and experiences during this time are what inspired his suburban tipi.
At 16ft tall, with a diameter of 18ft, this is not a small tipi! Constructed with PVC siding, polypropylene sheeting, timber framing and polycaronate supports, this modern tipi has definitely spared no convenience.
The tipi was installed at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan, from November 2006- June 2007.