Story of the Cacoon
Before we begin, a short introduction.
Nick and Sarah are a husband and wife team.
Their background is in designing and making sails for ocean-going yachts.
They're also experts in architectural fabric and textile technology for onshore structures.
Nick, who started out as a fine furniture maker, is no stranger to creating unique tensile structures with fabric. He's worked on projects like The Eden Project and the Alpine House at Kew Gardens.
He was commissioned to find a new concept in a post-treatment relaxation chair or hammock by 'The Scarlet', luxury Spa Hotel in Cornwall.
And now the star of the show; the Cacoon...
The idea for the Cacoon was born on a Mexican holiday, and sparked by nature.
During a jungle trek we came across a colony of tiny hanging nests; safe little bolt-holes created by the Weaver bird.
We were both immediately struck by their unique beauty; they were so peaceful.
After our long, hot day's trekking we were enjoying some great food and a few margaritas when inspiration struck.
A long flight home and months of design, iteration and rigorous testing later, our interpretation was complete; the Cacoon.
Just like the Weaver bird, you too can hide away, sheltered and cocooned, but still in touch with your surroundings.
Debbie Galvin is the brains and creator of Fremantle Ocean Canvas and her philosophy is to be the best at her trade. She trained in the UK under Osen Sails Sarah Mcdonald (now www.ocean-canvas.com) and between them became a confident pair of girls doing a boys job. Debbie set up Fremantle Ocean Canvas after moving to Australia in 2000. Her aim was to deliver a custom made service to the sailing community. She is now the Australian Distributor for Cacoon.