A Boat from a Backpack

amazing! defiantly need to get myself one of these

idiot youth

Thibault Penven says he was walking along the banks of Lake Geneva last year when he met a “passionate” fisherman. The details of that meeting remain mysterious, but it must have been a pretty good conversation–it inspired Penven’s graduation project at University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL). “I decided to design a boat,” the industrial design student remembers, “intended for use as a shuttle between the shore and a boat.”

Ar Vag is Penven’s answer to the traditional dinghy. Unveiled at Design Miami last week, the boat folds into a tiny square of material that can be worn as a backpack. Ar Vag isn’t meant for long adventures–rather, it’s a shuttle to take you from shore to a larger boat. Like Paul Elkins’ foldable kayak, Penven’s boat is super-lightweight. And unlike traditional inflatable dinghies, Ar Vag assembles in minutes for Life Aquatic-style exploits (that’s…

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