An extensive traveler and founder of Trufflepig (a trip planning company), Charlie Scott had “couch-surfed” around the world for years, and his 1600-square-foot loft was the first stopover for many of his friends on their way through Toronto. In passing one day, he mentioned to his sister, artist Sally Scott, that it would be nice to be able offer his guests some privacy while they stay in his loft. Sally’s Christmas present to her brother that year was a custom-made canvas tent. Voilà—an instant guest bedroom.
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Above: The tent has two structural members; a wooden rod threaded through the top creates the roof pitch and copper piping with elbow joints provides a rigid rectangular frame. When guests leave, the tent can be taken apart and stored away in minutes.
Above: The tent is hoisted up by a simple pulley system, which is attached to the ceiling.
Above: Sally Scott sewed the case for the tent out of ticking fabric and hand-embroidered the label. “Shim Shim Tents” is a family joke shared by the siblings.