Treehouses are one of those childhood obsessions that never lose their appeal for many people, even after making their way into adulthood. Unfortunately, society frowns upon grown-ups messing around in treehouses, but Cacoon could possibly make the form factor acceptable for everyone, regardless of their age or level of maturity.
In truth, Cacoon is more than just a treehouse substitute, with elements of swing chair, hammock, and hanging garden seat thrown in for good measure. Originally designed to be a part of the luxury spa at the Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall, U.K., Cacoon has now been given a life of its own thanks to a team of professional sail makers.
The Cacoon design was influenced by the weaver bird's hanging nest, which provides the bird with a safe and secure bolt hole away from predators. Similarly, Cacoon offers a secluded personal space allowing individuals to get away from everything while still being aware of their immediate surroundings.
Cacoon is designed to hang from a single point, and is suitable for use both indoors and out. The fabric used is strong, weatherproof, and machine-washable and makes the Cacoon small and light enough to carry. The single Cacoon weighs approx 5 kg (11 lbs), is 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in diameter, and packs down to 20 cm by 70 cm (8 by 28 in), the double Cacoon weighs approx 6 kg (13 lbs), is 1.8 meters (5.9 ft) in diameter, and packs down to 20 cm by 80 cm (8 by 31 in). Both are capable of holding up to 200 kg (440 lbs).
Cacoon is produced by U.K.-based designers Hang-in-out, and is available in five colors: natural white, leaf green, orange mango, sky blue, and chilli red. The single Cacoon is priced at £250 (US$380), while the double Cacoon is priced at £350 (US$530).