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Inspired by a Bird’s Nest: This Award Winning Hammock Is Worth Tweeting About

Cacoon has reimagined the family hammock in the most delightful way.

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BY Kate L. Harrison - 01 Aug 2017

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Nick and Sarah McDonald were hiking in the jungles of Mexico when they noticed a cluster of beautiful hanging nests suspended in the trees. It was a colony of weaverbirds' nests, carefully woven into water-drop designs with circular openings for easy access. The McDonald's were struck by the beauty of the form and fantasied about how lovely it would be to be able to crawl into one. After a long flight home and many months spent on design and rigorous testing, they created the "Cacoon" -- a charming and utilitarian hanging hammock pod that would make any weaver bird proud.

Nick and Sarah are highly specialized textile designers. They used to design and make sails for ocean-going yachts. They are also experts in architectural fabrics and textile technology for onshore structures. Also, Nick was a fine furniture maker in a previous life.

The McDonalds share a deep love of design, and understand how to use materials creatively. For the Cacoon, they chose a top grade fabric made from a cotton-polyester blend able to meet the high demands of both the marine and camping communities." The Pod has the soft feel of canvas but the longevity of a technical fabric, and offers anti-mold, water resistance and UV-protection as well. "Wherever you take your Cacoon, it'll withstand the elements; wind and rain, sun and sea," their website explains. 'Its high-quality natural canvas and weather-proof colors will resist all you can throw their way."

The design is simple and easy to transport. With just one hook, you can swing in a garden, the woods or the corner of your bedroom. Cacoons come in 11 colors and three sizes, the largest of which can hold two adults or a handful of very enthusiastic kids. Because the shape is tent-like in some respects, it is also a super cozy place to snuggle up and read a book. In addition, because they dangle, a few good pokes and you have a whirling swing for active play, making a Cacoon a happy place for the whole family. Cacoons retail for $250 to $550 and can be purchased directly at www.cacoonusa.com. It's not too late to hang your nest and enjoy it before fall arrives.