Backpack Bed™ Outdoor Portable Bed by Tony Clark & Lisa Clark

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Backpack Bed™

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Outdoor Portable Bed

INSPIRATION:
Until now - homeless turned away from full shelters are usually given nothing. Wet blankets can kill homeless people by hypothermia. Homeless need to carry belongings. Need a Backpack. Homeless need a portable outdoor bed for any weather condition. Need a Bed. The Backpack Bed to keep homeless alive was born. Without Backpack Beds, homeless testify to it saving their life, sanity, dignity and in extreme measures stopped desperation crime to find shelter. A portable lightweight bedding solution.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
How to save the lives of homeless & disaster victims without shelter? The Backpack Bed is provided to both street sleeping homeless turned away from shelter & disaster victims. Looks like a backpack but rolls out into a waterproof, warm and dry portable bed. Ultralight 2.9kg. Ergonomically shaped backpack straps, 190cm comfort mattress with silver foil insulation backing, 3 zipped mosquito mesh windows, hidden internal lockable pocket & lock. Plus multiple storage zones. Totally fire retardant.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Backpack Bed has multiple functionality in one - it is a backpack, bed, sun & wind shelter and a life saving device.
 Easy to use without instructions - lay on the ground and simply unroll the bed from the backpack. 
Optional built in ropes allow setup to a tent like structure or fully unzip and use ropes to create sun shelter. Multiple storage zones to carry belongings. The backpack styling ensures dignity for homeless - they do not look like they are carrying their bedding on their back.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
2012, Backpack Bed™ - Tropical model (for hash tropic zones - built in pouch with full body mosquito mesh) Designed in Australia not for profit charity, Swags for Homeless, partners with almost 300 welfare agencies to distribute Backpack Beds across Australia, USA, UK, NZ & Germany. As a self sustaining vision Backpack Beds are also sold to the public with profits back to the charity. Awarded an Australian Human Rights Award 2011 for the dignity Backpack Beds provide.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
New materials had to be invented. Lab tested to 49 international standards for quality, safety & dangerous chemicals. Only 2.9kg. New fabric called Litetrex® : fire retardant, waterproof, mildew resistant, environmentally friendly. Comfort Mattress: 190cm, high density, fire retardant with silver foil insulation backing. Ultra strong mesh no human can tear.
Non rust fittings.
Ergonomic backpack straps. 3 zipped mosquito mesh windows: head + foot + chest. Secret lockable pocket & padlock.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Backpack: 600mm x 420 mm x 220mm (rolled up) Bed zone: 630mm x 195 mm (mattress) Basic technical drawings - evolved into prototypes finalizing features, dimensions and functionality. New materials e.g. fabric and mattress also had to be invented to meet international standards for fire, safety & environmentally safe chemicals. The Backpack Bed Original evolved into the Tropical - capable of use in all weather conditions from cold through to severe tropical humid conditions. Survival with dignity.

TAGS:
Backpack Bed, Backpack, Bed, homeless, disaster, camping, outdoor, social impact, charity

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide (UN 2005). An estimated 3 million people are homeless in Europe (RAIS 2010). Sleeping on concrete is deadly to homeless health - studies show many suffer hypothermia, frostbite or trenchfoot. Instances of mental health, illiteracy & physical impairments are often higher than the rest of the population - ease of product use without instructions is important. The question of what to do when homeless are turned away from shelters, needed an answer.

CHALLENGE:
How would you want to be treated? You are homeless - you need shelter and something to carry belongings? With this, came invention. A Backpack that rolls out into an all weather protected bed.

Historically when turned away from shelter homeless people are given nothing. Blankets do not protect people from wet, windy, cold weather. This required a new kind of portable bed that is low cost to produce and distribute - a practical solution when shelters are full.

ADDED DATE:
2013-06-29 22:37:22

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Tony Clark and Lisa Clark

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tony Clark & Lisa Clark, 2013.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.backpackbed.org
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Swags for Homeless

PROFILE:
Not for profit charity, Swags for Homeless, partners with almost 300 welfare agencies to distribute Backpack Beds across Australia, USA, UK, NZ & Germany. As a self sustaining vision Backpack Beds are also sold to the public with profits back to the charity. Awarded an Australian Human Rights Award 2011 for the dignity Backpack Beds provide.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Backpack Bed™ Outdoor Portable Bed by Tony Clark & Lisa Clark is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Backpack Bed™ Outdoor Portable Bed by Tony Clark & Lisa Clark is Winner in Social Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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