Hammocks were first developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America and consist of a piece of fabric or a net that is suspended between two points, often trees or purpose-made poles. Since gaining global popularity, hammocks are seen as symbol of summer, leisure and relaxation.
Pia Wüstenberg’s ‘Woolweave | Urban swing’ is a comfortable narrow hammock made from cotton and wool felt. Another product in the same range is ‘Woolweave | Urban retreat’, a unique take on a hammock, which is more akin to a pouch. Both are manufactured by Utopia and Utility. Olivier Le Pensec’s ‘Kokoon’ by Royal Botania also transforms the humble hammock, this time into a large square sheet suspended from four teak legs and featuring an additional canopy for shade.
Wolfgang Pichler’s ‘Home Hanging Sun Lounger’ for Viteo is more akin to a sunbed as it features a surface of teak slats suspended in a tubular, stainless steel base by means of wires. Dougan Clarke’s ‘Wave stand Hammock’ is another self-supporting design, with a gently springing, expressive, stainless steel base that provides balance and comfort. Unopiù’s ‘Amanda’ is more understated. Here the hammock is suspended between two ends of a curved, laminated wood beam.
Finally, ‘Leaf Hammock’ designed by Pinar Yar and Tugrul Gövsa for GAEAforms, is an unusual design, where the outer outline of the hammock is materialised in high-gloss, glass-reinforced polyester and the seating surface is made from netting. The stiff outer edge is meant to ensure a comfortable and ergonomic experience.