K2 Invents a ‘Tent Rucksack’ Offering Shelter During Natural Disasters
Japanese brand K2, founded in Tokyo, has created a rucksack which unfolds to transform into a makeshift shelter in the event of a natural disaster. Despite its small size, this bag incorporates all the materials required to put up a tent that can hold 2 to 3 people. It was created by designer Kyosuke Inoue, a student at Parsons School of Design in New York, who came up with the idea in 2017 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.
With this bag/tent, Kyosuke Inoue is using design to respond to a hot topic, and one which is particularly hot in his country. In January 2018 in Japan, almost 75,000 people lost their home, and 20,000 of these still have not found a new permanent residence, according to Japan’s Reconstruction Agency. Almost 120,000 buildings collapsed totally, 278,000 were half-destroyed and 726,000 were partially deteriorated.
For now, the brand is in the patenting stage for the bag, with it planned to go on sale in 2019 in the hope that it will one day be available to everyone.
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