Date:1 September 2011
So you believe camping is all about staying in touch with the environment? Then you’ll love the range of Bubble Huts by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas – see-through shelters that offer the best of both worlds. His rationale: these igloo-like, transparent domes, made from fire-retardant and UV-protected reinforced plastic, close the ever widening gap between urban dwellers and Nature.
There are three models in the range – the completely transparent CristalBubble, the BubbleRoom (providing a modicum of privacy) and the Bubble- Lodge, comprising two spheres. All versions feature wooden floors and a portable blower (with filter) that provides enough pressure to ensure that the domes retain their shape. Entry locks with rigid frames allow you to move in and out without deflating the main structure.
Like it? Before you get the urge to whip out your credit card, you should know that Bubble Huts don’t come cheap. The CristalBubble, for example, will set you back a cool R75 000. However, these unusual dwellings are also available for hire, so if you’re planning a trip to France anytime soon, you can contact BubbleTree via their Web site at www.bubbletree.fr