While pursuing a degree in textile design at the University of J.E. Purkynĕ in Ústí nad Labem, Linda Vrňáková lacked an appropriate space for creative thinking. Regular walks in the countryside made up for that shortcoming, however, and one result was Swingy, a hammock intended to encourage meditation and relaxation. It combines two of Vrňáková’s areas of expertise: fine craftsmanship and carefully sourced materials. Having made and experimented with objects even as a child, she recalls rummaging through her grandfather’s garage in search of hidden treasures.
For Swingy, she acquired rubber massage balls, or míčkování, from a family-run company – therapists use these balls for patients’ physical rehabilitation – and tucked them inside a covering made from quality fabric manufactured by Kirkby Design. ‘The main reason I created Swingy was to help me meditate,’ the Czech designer says. ‘The hammock’s swaying motion has a positive effect on both body and mind. It boosts the imagination and promotes relaxation.’ In addition to Swingy In and Swingy Out, a third model is called Country.
Photos Klára Dlouhá
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