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Hammy hammock from Plywood Office steals the show at Model Citizens NYC exhibition

May 17, 2011 | 10:36 am


Now here's a hammock we can really get into. Southern California Institute of Architecture masters program graduate Chris Jamison, above, transformed the humble hammock stand into a modern lounger that he calls Hammy.

IMG_8820 You can't improve on the lying position of a hammock, "but there's a lot you can do with the stand," said Jamison, founder of Plywood Office.

At 8.5 feet long, the Hammy's powder-coated steel frame is about 6 feet shorter than many hammock stands. Jamison's non-fading Batyline mesh sling doesn't give you that rock-a-bye sway, but it also won't flip over.

The Hammy's aluminum-and-white-oak base has an integrated planter. When you aren't lazing in it, the mesh still provides shade for low-sun flowers or herbs.

The wooden crossbars on the top are considerately rounded so "you don't get impaled by the frame," Jamison said. One has an integrated drink holder. The only thing missing is a misting fan.

The Hammy costs $1,900 and will be sold through the Plywood Office website. Jamison will bring it to Los Angeles for the Dwell on Design show in June. 

Jamison showed Hammy at the Model Citizens NYC exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum, an event timed with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair during New York Design Week. The exhibition has grown to include more than 90 independent designers, ranging from students showing prototypes to established architects, founder Mika Braakman said. The show had a lot to admire beyond the Hammy, including a collection of Dutch designers' handcrafted objects whose expletive-laced title could be translated for this blog as, "How It's Made and Why It's So [Very] Expensive."

Keep reading to see more designs. 


Spindle tables and candlesticks designed by Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega for Pirueta are hand-painted in Mexico.



The Nouveau lounge is by industrial designer Kate McCreary.


Brooklyn designer Laura Weatherly created this free-form fire bowl, which was fabricated by Charles Constantine and Christopher Williams. 

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Mark Wierda (top), David A. Keeps


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