This year has been a big one for us! We’re so grateful for everything that has gone on this season. Lots of new things are happening for us, but we wanted to take a second to look back and appreciate all the wonderful things this year gave us. Without the building blocks of history we’d never get anywhere, and we find it inspiring to see how much we’ve grown.
Several new things happened with our dome design this year which will help us push our domes to bigger and better heights in the year to come.
This year our domes became structural enough to hold live human weight thanks to David Pardo and the awesome crew at Recharge Your Heart.
Until this point we’ve always stated that our domes are for quick pop-up shade and that they would not be able to hold certain types of weight. But Pardo and his crew decided to help us prove that we could do it better. They wanted to hit the goal of having a dome that would support multiple people in hammocks at the same time. So we set out to help them with a redesign that could hit that goal.
By switching out our standard aluminum poles with schedule 40 and redesigning the harnesses from bungees to a new ratchet style, we watched with glee as they created a dome that fully and safety held up to eight people in hammocks at once. This dome was so functional that we will be moving all future models of our dome in this direction.
Biggest Dome Yet
This year we also built the biggest dome we ever have made. Spanning 26” in diameter and 20’ high, it was large enough to hold a free standing circus rig.
Towering over our other domes we were a beacon on the playa, inviting people in for circus workshops and shows throughout the week.
Bigger and better is always our goal, and this dome achieved that. With our new poles and redesigned harnesses, next year we’ll be able to start making things on an even larger scale.
Ceiling and Patterns
One of the new designs that we rolled out this spring was a spandex ceiling for our domes. Although we like our full tent design, we love the ceiling for the extra shade coverage while still keeping it open and breezy inside.
We also moved away from plain coloured spandex into more prints and specialty designs which we love. This next year we’ll be taking it even further by printing custom content and art on domes as well as moving towards more weather resistant fabrics.
This Years Installations
So many things happened this year it’s hard to keep track, but here’s some of our favourite highlights.
We’ve always known that our domes would be perfect for weddings, and this year proved it.
Three years ago Toby and Michael got married in our first ever wedding chapel and from there on out we knew that these domes were perfect for anyone who wanted to tie the knot.
From circus weddings to burner weddings to good old fashioned white dress and riding in on a horse, these domes spanned the range this year.
We were so excited to be part of each and every special day, and we’re so excited to see these domes used for one of the purposes it was made for.
Our Largest Rental Contract to Date
This year we were hired out to do a large portion of infrastructure at biggest installation yet.
With 14 domes we spanned the beach of Gratitude Migration.
It was beautiful to wander through this festival and see our domes lighting up spaces everywhere we went.
From yoga studios to meditation spaces, to VIP rooms, to safety stations, to art galleries, to healing workshops, to personal shelter, these domes had their useful space filled to the brim.
Seeing the capacity we had to pull out large scale installations and content like this was truly inspiring.
We got to watch our domes used and filled with humans like we always want them to be. It was a truly successful installation.
As usual our domes did the full circuit this year. We love festivals, they have our hearts. It’s always so amazing to be able to create space and content for people to enter into.
One of the things we love about our domes is their capacity to create a space just outside of everything else. A place that one can go in and have an experience one may not have expected.
We love to build those experiences, and we love to see them connect even more.
We're so grateful for the continued inspiration and joy these spaces give us.
Sponsored our First Incubator Contest
This year we did our first ever dome donation with the intent to inspire creativity and theme camp space. We learned a lot of things in doing this for the first time.
One of the things that we learned is that we want to have a better process for teaching and supporting people in learning how to run art and theme camp space. One of the other things we learned is that sometimes people can absolutely blow you away if given the chance.
One of the teams that didn’t even win the dome were so inspired that they ended up buying one instead. The results that came out of it were magical. The installation was by far one of our favourite was saw all year.
Over 40 Domes at Burning Man
Currently, we’re a little company with just three of us that make our parts by hand. Although we're soon planning to expand our manufacturing, for a little company we sure do pack a punch and this years Burning Man proved it.
In just 3 short years we’ve produced and sold enough domes that we had over 40 domes on the playa in 2017. You could wander around the city and be able to find one of our domes in every sector you went.
The teams that purchased domes all did incredible things with them. Such active and engaged camps, with beautiful offerings to the public.
We were awestruck to wander around the playa and see all of the beauty that people had created with the container we make.
Published in The Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man
We were once again honoured to be published in Philipe Glade's newest version of the Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man.
He awarded us the golden rebar award 4 years ago, which helped start us on our journey towards production. It’s beautiful to see our domes on glossy pages and be bound in this history of Burning Man forever.
Living in our Domes All Year
And as usual we've tried and tested our product all year long by travelling with it, living in it, and creating new spaces everywhere we go.
We initially created this product to solve the problems we were having ourselves. We were our own first customers and every year we tend our own merchandise by using it in every possible way we can. We fully believe in what we do, because we know that if it works for us, it can work for you too.
Thank you 2017!
Thank you so much to each and every human who made this year so incredibly great for us! It truly was a year to remember. We cannot wait to see what will be in the years to come!
All products from last year are now on clearance sale to make way for new stock! We have more than is listed on the site. Feel free to contact us to see what we have available today!