Designed by Robin Osler of EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect, Chris Shelley, Joana Torres
As the project brief states, the first challenge most farmers face with portable canopies is that of weighing it down in the wind without the use of ground stakes. Although canopy manufacturers often provide sand bags to solve this problem, we started our design approach with the theory that these weights could be more functional than simple bags. Therefore, we designed a series of plywood boxes that serve not only as canopy weights, but also as table, stool, and multipurpose display fixtures. The simple box shape offers maximum flexibility as the elements can be stacked and arranged in various configurations depending on the needs of each farmer. These wood boxes are designed to nest inside each other so that the whole system fits neatly into three manageable boxes with clip-on carrying straps. A large perforated pattern is drilled into the plywood surfaces to lighten the overall weight for easy carrying, and strategically located chalkboard paint allows for customizable signage throughout the day. Finally, a colorful canopy of re-purposed billboard vinyl provides shelter from the elements. By designing the basic functions of the market tent into the canopy system, we have created an efficient solution to the design challenge that is both flexible and identifiable as a uniquely branded product among the rows of identical white tents at the market.
Familiar for farmers. The integrated tables are small, but a great way to anchor and organize the tent. Existing tent could be retrofitted for this design.