2010 London UK: Treehouse architect and Tentsile inventor, Alex Shirley-Smith had a vision: to allow people to experience the magic of hanging out in trees. Maybe by encouraging others to enjoy this, we might think twice about cutting them down. He conceives Tentsile as a portable suspended treehouse that you can take with you anywhere and begins designing and prototyping habitable tensioned structures.
March 2012: A number of leading green design forums feature the Tentsile Giant model, praising the concepts unique advantages and holding it up as a flagship of 21st century innovation. Tentsile first model also features on prime time national (British) television and becomes viral overnight. The public reaction is phenomenal with some 40,000 hits in just 24 hours.
April 2012: Alex is joined by product designer co-inventor Kirk Kirchev who brings in the idea of creating a simpler, lighter and leaner model that could be mass produced and become more affordable. This concept was later to become our flagship model - the Stingray.
March 2013: After a year of prototyping, testing and 14 failed attempts we launch the first sales of Tentsile Stingray - our first production model and the first truly portable treehouse. What started out as a triangular piece of fabric strung up with clothepegs in an abandoned church now can allow anyone to spend time in nature and enjoy the best of hammock camping.
September 2013: We get paid for the first time. It hasnt been easy as we both have families to support.
November 2013: We create the first tree-top eco settlement in the unique rain-forest of of Fiji featuring an organic farm and a secluded sandy beach. Many thanks to Max Cross, Gavin De Becker and everyone from Fiji Charity for giving us this opportunity.
April 2014: REI starts selling our tents online. We also unveil our newest creation, Tentsile Connect - a more lightweight, modular and flexible solution.
June 2014: We set up our own factory near Shanghai and commence production on a larger scale. On our own terms.
Because the world is not flat...
Tentsile was conceived as a portable treehouse that combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and multi person occupancy, of a tent. Our range of suspended shelters is unimpeded by ground conditions and will take your camping experience to a new level!
WHAT IS TENTSILE
At Tentsile we create some of the world's most versatile tents. All our tree tents are made to be suspended over the ground but in dry conditions can also be pitched on the ground, like a conventional tent. Whether you are looking for an all terrain camping solution, a safari safe house, a mountain, beach retreat, or a portable treehouse that avoids all planning restrictions, with the Tentsile tree tent the sky really is, the only limit.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
The unique design, provides comfortable and spacious accommodation in any environment. The Tentsile Stingray and Connect tree tents both come with a fully enclosed insect mesh roof (with opening doors) and removable rain fly sheets so you can enjoy the stars! As our tents are designed to be suspended in tension, the tents are unaffected by topography, wetness, lumps and bumps, etc and they also provide increased separation from bugs, snakes and other, more major predators.
HOW IT'S MADE
The elegant structure comprises an adjustable frame of 2.5 ton webbing straps, No-See-Um insect mesh roofs, and a UV resistant PU coated and waterproof polyester fabric fly. The webbing frame is held in tension at each of the three anchor points by being ratcheted tight while floor straps divide the space into individual hammocks.
HOW CAN YOU USE IT
All Tentsile tree tents provide shelter with no ecological footprint or environmental impact. We recommend that the tent is set up no higher than 1.2m/4 feet off the ground for ease of access and to minimise risk of injury. The Tentsile tree tents come with all elements needed for instant set-up including a Owner's Instruction Manual.
The Tentsile is adaptable for uses such as:
|Humanitarian Disaster Relief
We have invented these tree tents because we love this planet and hope that we will inspire others to also walk more lightly on the Earth. Perhaps one day when enough people discover this new opportunity to spend time in nature in comfort and security, people will become to value trees more. Perhaps this way, by being there amongst the trees, we can reduce or even reverse the rate of deforestation... This is our quest.
Alex and Kirk
Play, Camp, Explore...