Rotterdam-based Dre Wapenaar laments, Im not a camping tent builder. Im not interested in mass production.
What he is interested in is creating tents as metaphors for private and public elements, like his Birthing Tent equipped with benches for husbands, family, friends and nurses or his 45-by-45-foot 4 Grand Piano Pavilion with pianos placed in each corner.
Wapenaar sees how his group of interconnected mushroom-shaped abodes called Tent Village might be compared to Smurf Village, but he doesnt really like the idea.
He admits, One woman wanted to put white dots on it and I had a big fight with her.
Wapenaar also designed a huge teardrop-shaped Tree Tent meant for tree huggers protesting deforestation, and despite its meaningful shape, he insists, Its NOT a tear coming off a tree.
He says it was simple a case of form following function.
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