After pretty much stealing the show at the New York Design Week Model Citizens NYC exhibition this past May, one of the only pieces of indoor/outdoor furniture that truly makes me weak at the knees, Hammy, returned to make its big West Coast design show appearance this past weekend at Dwell on Design. There were not one but two Hammies installed in a prime location right outside one of Dwell on Design’s major crowd-drawers: the pieceHomes-designed, ecofabulous-outfitted Modern Living Showhouse.

When I first spotted the pair of Plywood Office’s thoughtfully designed and handcrafted hammock stand/bench/planters positioned in a patch of grass outside of the prefab showhouse — thanks to the L.A. Times, I knew Hammy would be making an appearance somewhere at the show, I just wasn't sure where — I had to resist immediately shedding my heavy, cumbersome day bag, kicking off my shoes, and throwing myself onto one for an extended nap. After all, at the time they were both occupied by fellow conference attendees and I don’t think hammock sharing with strangers at modern design trade shows is a thing yet. Maybe it’s high time it becomes one.


Built and designed in Chicago by Plywood Office’s Chris Jamison, Hammy is a hammock stand like no other. Measuring 8.5 feet long and “equally comfortable in living rooms, on rooftops, in grassy meadows, or lounging poolside,” Hammy’s frame is made from powder coated metal with a base and crossbars made from decay- and insect-resistant white oak. Then, of course, there’s the waterproof, UV resistant Batyline mesh sling (“sea foam” colored, in case you were wondering) that not only supports a gently swinging body but provides shade to the plants and herbs growing in the base’s integrated planter located below.

Need somewhere to stash your hammock-side beverage of choice? No worries — the rounded wooden crossbars at one end of the frame have a built-in drink holder. Both crossbars also double as benches in case someone (that someone would ideally have a rather slim bottom) wants to sit and join you while you sway to and fro.

Are you with smitten with Hammy as I am? You can actually purchase one of these handcrafted-to-order relaxation machine via the Plywood Office webstore for $1,933. Or, you can just do like I did and attend a design conference, find a pair of Hammies, stalk them in a slightly, creepy territorial manner until the jerks taking their sweet time sitting on, not laying in, them vacate so you can lay back, kick your feet up, and relax for an entire 5 minutes. It's worth it. 

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

Seconds, please: A heaping helping of Hammy
Plywood Office's Hammy, a built-to-order, indoor/outdoor hammock stand with an integrated planter and bench, has this blogger's undivided attention at Dwell on