Every now and again when life becomes a little much we daydream about packing up and leaving all our troubles behind. The freedom that would come from leaving all our possessions and mundane headaches behind is very enticing. ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne) student Thibault Penven has designed a collapsible boat that seems to be inspired by just such daydreams.
The boat has been christened Ar Vag and was part of the ECAL student exhibition, Too Cool for School, at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012 in Milan last month. The boat consists of a number of boards sewed into a waterproof skin. The skin is a bright and cheerful yellow, suitable for all things nautical. The boat folds up together into a conveniently portable shape so that one person can carry it around, without the need for a trailer. Once the would be mariner reaches the chosen body of water, he/she can “erect” the boat. Much like a camping tent, Ar Vag uses two collapsible rods to create tension in the boat and give it form. A wooden board is slotted into the rim making the boat rigid and creating a small bench to sit on. So in a matter of minutes, one is ready to get out onto the open waters and escape landlocked shackles.
While the boat itself doesn’t seem to be the most seaworthy of vessels, and the value of this means of construction versus an inflatable is questionable, we love this boat for the beauty of its shape its spirit. It is certainly a concept worth exploring. A video of Ar Vag in action can be viewed here.