Although the backyard camping season has long passed in most parts of the country, I couldn’t resist featuring the eye-popping creations of FieldCandy, an ethical n’ artsy U.K.-based tentmaker that aims to "inject colour, creativity and fun into the camping space." The tents have been blowing up all over the design blogosphere the past couple of days (hat tip to swissmiss) and if you scroll down the page, you’ll understand why.


Geared towards campers who don’t gives a toss about blending into their natural surroundings (a jellybean-patterned tent will guarantee that) the folks at FieldCandy wrangled up a talented stable of artists and designers to create the tent’s waterproof, anti-fungal/bacterial flysheets which come in 40 different designs ranging from Fully Booked (pictured up top), Get a Room, Men Only, Snug as a Bug, Home Sweet Home, and Perfect Picnic, a delicious-looking design you’d probably not want to take into an area with frequent bear sightings; same goes with Animal Farm in wolf-prone areas. And then there’s the Big Top design which is fun although this photo used to promote it is the stuff of nightmares.

FieldCandy tents may prove to be prohibitively spendy — aside from the plain black FieldCandy tent for $415 that’s geared towards those “feeling a bit shy,” the spacious 2-person tents start at $620 and climb upwards with a couple of showstoppers ringing in at over $1,000 — but they're also high-quality and made from top-notch, responsibly sourced materials. The company itself boasts some pretty stringent social and environmental standards.


The flysheets are printed in the U.K using domestically sourced fabrics while the breathable, 100 percent cotton inner tents are made in China by a manufacturer that meets the company’s stringent quality standards. The aluminum pegs and poles are manufactured in an acid-free process that’s less damaging to the environment and the heavy-duty zippers come from YKK, the world’s leading zipper manufacturer.


Other features of FieldCandy tents include interior mp3/mobile phone pockets, lockable storage pockets, lantern hanging posts, lockable fold-back doors, a triangular mesh window, a generous “porch” area, and easy set-up poles.


For more whacky and whimsical outdoor shelter goodness, head on over to the FieldCandy website. And even if you aren't on the market for a tent resembling an oversized wedge of Swiss cheese or a $1,000 ray gun-bedecked tent designed by the guy who did album cover art for David Bowie and the Beach Boys, FieldCandy's creations are still fun to look at it. And if you are on the market, yes, FieldCandy does ship worldwide. 



Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

FieldCandy: Camping gear for fun-loving tent-pitchers
In addition to collaborating with artists to create some of the most outrageous camping tents you'll ever see, U.K.-based FieldCandy abides by strict environmen