The American prefabricated house lighting company Jupe has launched its travel pillow, a temporary cabin with birch wood and a metal frame that lights up at night.
The geometric Jupe bellows, named after the planet Jupiter, are intended as a futuristic alternative to traditional glamping tents and yurts.
Jupe’s design team, which works for the rental platform Airbnb, electric car manufacturers Tesla and rocket manufacturers Space X, set out to create a sci-fi-style product inspired by space travel.
“We turned to ideas that inspired and excited us,” said Jupe co-founder and micro-home founder Jeff Wilson.
“Remember that monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey? It last sent signals to Jupiter from the moon. It seems that a few of these drawings were bounced back to Earth. We captured them and created Jupe.”
Fire-resistant canvas stretched over aluminum posts forms the angled pod, which slopes up to a ceiling height of 11 meters at the highest point.
LEDs along the poles can be used to provide lighting in the dark.
Jupe is designed to work outside the network with the light frame, wifi, sockets and USB ports powered by solar panels or battery packs.
“Experiencing the natural wonders of the world should not mean being forced to disconnect while living in a less than inspiring living space,” Wilson said.
Extras offered by the company include a porch, a lockable safe, a cooler, speakers and an Amazon Alexa voice-controlled device.
Each house is located on a base that lifts the tent section from the ground. Birch floors are being raised to give residents access to storage space below, which Jupe’s designers estimate can hold up to ten suitcases.
The entrance to the 111 square meter cabin can be left open to frame the landscape, and slender windows that can be opened at the side provide extra ventilation.
A palette of sand tones was chosen for the interior of Jupe, in collaboration with boutique hotel designer Liz Lambert and Cameron Sinclair, who was previously Airbnb’s head of social innovation.
A step leads up to a platform with a large bed with mattress and cubbies by the bed are lowered into the floor. Built-in furniture includes a desk, a chair and an ottoman.
The company has made the pods, which are manufactured in a factory in Los Angeles, available for pre-order now, with the first flatpack kits to be delivered in January 2021.
Jupe was founded by investment banks Cameron Blizzard and Jeff Wilson, whose previous micro-housing start Kasita made small motorhomes.
Earlier this year, the company used its drawings to create mobile isolation wards for hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.
Photography is by Sam Gezari.