Fleece “fronds” define winning stage design

February 1, 2014  |  Projects, Tents

The World Stage Design 2013 (WSD2013) brief for its design competition, held every four years, challenged the ingenuity and sustainability credentials of participants. “We asked for a venue that was eco-conscious, could seat up to 150 people, host a variety of events and be self-built, all for an …
Weaving magic in ‘The Space between Us’

February 1, 2014  |  Projects, Tents

Janet Echelman’s art installations create an almost mystical connection between earth, light and air, appearing over the skylines in venues from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Sydney, Australia. GLOW 2013, an organization sponsoring a dusk-to-dawn art celebration held in Santa Monica, Calif., comm…
Tented artistry: paint, print, thread and fabric

January 1, 2014  |  Tents

From antiquity to the present day, tents have provided shelter, comfort and space to dream, pray or imagine. Francesco Clemente, whose drawings, paintings and conceptual works integrate Western and Eastern themes, exhibited three tents at the Blain|Southern gallery in Berlin, Germany, this fall that…
Solutions in motion

January 1, 2014  |  Awnings & Canopies, Feature, Marketing, Perspective, Tents

 “Make your customers remember you. Make them laugh—but don’t be a salesman,” says Andy Moon, CEO of Baraboo Tent & Awning, Baraboo, Wis. “It’s your presence that makes an impression. Be a problem solver and help your customers out.” Moon grew up in and around the custom awning, c…
Primer for printing

January 1, 2014  |  Awnings & Canopies, Feature, Graphics, Tents

Digital printing on textiles expands client lists and adds new dimensions to product innovation. For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. …
Refugee shelter canopy cools, insulates and connects

December 1, 2013  |  Projects, Tents

Shelters in refugee camps, mostly tents, usually deteriorate within six months, battered by sun, wind and rain. Refugees often stay in camps for years. Swedish home products manufacturing giant IKEA and the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency and Refugee Housing Unit joined forces in 2008 to build a …
Positively portable structures

November 1, 2013  |  Fabric Structures, Projects, Tents

High-performance cladding makes transportable fabric structures unique—and practical. Native Americans have known for eons about the virtues of lightweight, flexible fabric-wrapped structures, long before Europeans arrived in North America in the 15th century. Camping enthusiasts have appreciated …
Jamboree tents: clean, helpful and thrifty

November 1, 2013  |  Projects, Tents

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hold a National Scout Jamboree every four years, uniting scouts from around the nation for 10 days of outdoor adventure, fun and education. Thousands of scouts, staff and volunteers raised tents in July 2013 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, W. Va., a 10,00…
Single shelter (in your shoes)

October 1, 2013  |  Projects, Tents

Sneakers come with a built-in tent for a personal shelter anywhere you go. They could be called “shoe-tent,” “sneaker-shelter” or “mobile habitat.” The creators, an Australian architecture collective, chose “Walking Shelter,” for a pair of canvas high-…
Sales support driving the way

October 1, 2013  |  Feature, Management, Perspective, Tents

Alex Kouzmanoff translates customer service into customer satisfaction—by listening. By Sigrid Tornquist “When someone is totally incentivized by sales, there is no backup after the sale is made,” says Alex Kouzmanoff, vice president, Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif. “We wanted to focus our sal…