OLD TOWN  OVERNIGHT SHELTER  

an item to evade capture & carry equipment

This project was designed as part of a collection developed by the SPD Class of 2020 to create products for “The Runners”, the new pioneers living in a fictional future scenario: Utopian Dystopia

 

A fictional company rises to power consolidating the entire population into one workforce in corporate communities. City centers are abandoned, sports are outlawed.

 

A new type of revolutionist emerges. These “Runners” sneak out of the corporate communities and travel to the abandoned locations in the cities to participate in illegal underground sports.

 

The Old Town Overnight Shelter uses convertible camouflage for avoiding capture. Converting from a garment to a tent which can be reversed into a bag for easy transport and storage. This piece was created by shredding up household garbage bags and heat pressing them between clear plastic bags and cotton woven fabric. If plastic is going to last forever why not do something useful with it.

Learn more about this product from the introductory video below.

Learn more about this product from the introductory video below.

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Old Town Overnight Shelter

CONVERTIBLE CAMOUFLAGE

An item to evade capture & carry equipment

the user

Old Town overnight shelter for portfolio

THE RUNNERS

They want to compete.  They want to change the game & the future.  But that means playing a riskier version of hide & seek where getting found means losing everything.

the problem

THE RUNNERS

The Runners will need to sneak off the corporation's campus undetected.  They will require a way to hide & carry equipment to the playing field.

user needs

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MATERIALS

Use easily accessible & abundant materials found in an urban setting

CONCEALMENT

Blend into surroundings & protect

valuable items from detection

STORAGE

Hold & transport equipment from 

the suburbs to the city center

product needs

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CAMOUFLAGE

Disguise valuable items

as something else

CONVERTIBLE

Multipurpose use as a bag

& a garment & a shelter

CONVENIENT

Use materials that are

easy to attain & use

COVERAGE

Conceal the wearer

from detection

intention

TO CREATE A MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRODUCT THAT USES CAMOUFLAGE

TO CONCEAL THE WEARER FROM DETECTION WHILE SOLVING FOR

THE FOLLOWING:

- Easy to don & doff

-Uses found materials

-Has a storage feature

-Functions in an urban setting

background

CAMOUFLAGE

The hiding or disguising of something by

covering it up or changing the way it looks

NATURE

Utilized by animals to prevent detection by predators

or prey by blending into their surroundings

MILITARY

Wide range of patterns & colors on uniforms

that are created for a particular environment

inspiration

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MATERIAL

Garbage is accessible, repurpose it to be both beautiful & functional

MANUFACTURING

Develop material by layering, patching & fusing plastic to fabric

COLOR

Collaged material forms a neutral grey camouflage that blends into the cityscape

CONCEPT

Limited resources means designing utilitarian items with multiple uses

inspiration

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SKETCHING

Editing & reviewing sketches to land on a final design to develop

process: material exploration

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SHRED

Prepared materials by cutting, crumpling, layering

different weights, colors, textures on fabric

PRESS

Adhere plastic to fabric using heat & pressure

Experimented with different heat & time settings

ANALYZE

Review outcomes of materials, settings, & deter-

mine which to proceed with for the final product

prototyping: silhouette exploration

PAPER MODEL

To determine tent shape, proportions 

& overall dimensions

HALF SCALE MODEL

To confirm concept of materials 

& construction

FULL SCALE MODEL

To test proportion, fit

reversibility & functionality

final plan

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TECHNICAL DESIGNS

Final flats, detail diagrams & construction call outs

proof of concept

REVEAL

The two way, reversible zipper allows the wearer to open the tent with ease & exit the structure

LATCH

D-ring & carabiner latches the base of the tent up & out of the way.  Also allows for access to the bag pocket.

SUSPEND

Another D-ring & carabiner attached at the top of the structure enables the tent to be suspended.

DON

Interior adjustable nylon mesh straps allow for quick dining & doffing as well as a secure fit & feel.

conclusion

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In further exploration of this product & space I'd like to look more in depth into how to make the material more durable as well as explore a silhouette that could conceal the wearer for a longer duration.

The Old Town Overnight Shelter

A multifunctional item that converts from a shelter to a garment with a built in bag.  A product for The Runners to avoid capture.

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