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Sebastian Maluska is a product designer out of the prestigious ÉCAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) design school in Renens, Switzerland, who set about redesigning the rooftop car tent. As he told Dezeen, “I spend a lot of time outside doing sport like skiing and surfing. It is always nice to be the first on the mountain or the first in the water. Therefore I have to sleep right at the spot.” That ultimately meant creating a new version of the portable pop-up tent that could be fitted to the roof of almost any car. The functional prototype you see here was inspired by watching sailors sleeping inside a boat during the Volvo Ocean Race, so it was constructed with a lightweight aluminum frame and waterproof sailing fabric. The tent is easily opened or closed and has enough room for two people to sleep comfortably as they take in the view. No one wants to be climbing up and down the sides of their car, so there’s also a ladder that’s easily stored in a fabric pocket under the sleeping/storage area. We don’t know if this will ever see production, but given the simple design and lightweight construction it could be a great alternative to some of the other options on the market.

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