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Last updated July 12, 2019

Portable Outdoor Recliners - The Ultimate Beach Essential

Discover a new way to unwind. Take a break outdoors and lean back on life.

Portable Outdoor Recliners - The Ultimate Beach Essential

Discover a new way to unwind. Take a break outdoors and lean back on life.

AU$ 9,708
pledged of AU$ 50,000pledged of AU$ 50,000 goal
62
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 11 2019 7:38 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 12, 2019

What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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About

Discover a new way to unwind with our Portable Outdoor Recliners.

We believe in taking breaks. Getting rest should be a way of life.

Our Portable Outdoor Recliners are a natural, simple way of encouraging people to relax, be present and lean back on life! 

Self care is so important in this fast paced world. What I am proposing is to take better care of yourself by finding a time in the day, or week where you get outside, breathe in the fresh air & give yourself a break.

The Traveller's Headrest
The Traveller's Headrest

Who am I?

My name is Renata & I am an Industrial Designer from Sydney, Australia. I am a mad Kickstarter fan and backer and it has been on my bucket list to be a project creator.

I have loved the process and journey of developing this product. It truly has been a journey of self development, insane perseverance and lots of fun. 

This is me in my dream van! I spotted it parked in Manly and instantly fell in love. I got in touch with the owners to hire it to film the intro and ending of my video clip. Only one week out from the mechanics and spray shop and this thing of beauty was born for a video shoot. Funny how things work out!
This is me in my dream van! I spotted it parked in Manly and instantly fell in love. I got in touch with the owners to hire it to film the intro and ending of my video clip. Only one week out from the mechanics and spray shop and this thing of beauty was born for a video shoot. Funny how things work out!

Not quite a chair...

Portable, lightweight and strong, these Outdoor Recliners are designed for you to take a moment anywhere. 

Leave in the boot of your car, store under your desk at work or fold away in your camper van for ultimate convenience and those moments when you're in need. 

Digging into soft surfaces only, I am encouraging you to get outdoors and enjoy one of the best remedies of the world, nature

I have designed these to be simple to use. Just extend the arm back, and lean back! 

Travellers Headrest
Travellers Headrest
@kaedeker enjoying the Travellers Headrest. Shot by @aero.aus
@kaedeker enjoying the Travellers Headrest. Shot by @aero.aus

The recliners

There are many uses for these recliners. Which is why I am offering 2 x options.

Travellers Headrest 

Designed for those who travel lightly. Small enough to fit in your suitcase, beach or picnic bag, it is made for you to support your neck.

Specifications: 

300 x 300 x 60mm (compact configuration)

Weighs: 

1.6Kg

**Product Safety - Max Load 110Kg/242lb

The Traveller's Headrest - Prototype
The Traveller's Headrest - Prototype

The Original Backrest (OG)

Designed to give you that extra bit of support. The Original Backrest is slightly wider and longer. It is best use for camping, beach days, surfing, van life, outdoor cinema, and even breastfeeding. Leave in the boot of your car for convenience. 

Specifications: 400 x 400 x 60mm (compact configuration)

Weighs: 2Kg

**Product Safety - Max Load 110Kg/242lb

The Original Backrest - Prototype
The Original Backrest - Prototype
Two sizes - Two different purposes
Two sizes - Two different purposes

 Hand crafted with care 

My portable outdoor recliners have been handcrafted with love
My portable outdoor recliners have been handcrafted with love

How Sungaze can help you

This handy multi functional product has helped a range of people. From new mum’s, travellers, van campers, young families, beach lovers and picnic goers. I am constantly finding more uses and purposes for this product. See for yourself!  

Hey Beach lovers!

Carry over the shoulder or keep in your beach bag. Free up your hands for carrying other items to the beach. 

Moments like these with friends
Moments like these with friends
Must have beach essential!
Must have beach essential!

I love reading, especially at the beach. These recliners sit at the perfect angle to support your neck, rest your arms & completely immerse yourself in your favourite book. 

A beach day essential! 

Ahoy, digital nomads! 

Working on the road is extremely rewarding, but it has some challenges. Downsize your equipment and travel lightly with this multifunctional product. Stay productive by leaning back, relaxing your shoulders, and settling in for a productive outdoor session.  

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@kaedeker & @aero.aus testing the Traveller's Headrest and The Original Backrest on their travels
@kaedeker & @aero.aus testing the Traveller's Headrest and The Original Backrest on their travels

"These recliners are epic. I love being able to sit up and watch the surfers. And how small and compact they are. Easy for storage under the seat of your car" - @aero.aus

Everybody wants to live the Van life at some point. Speaking from experience, my good friend Emma (@6reasonswhy_travelblog) is living the van life dream, with her husband and son, living and running a business on the road. 

Minimising equipment and keeping the van lightweight to reduce fuel costs, is always something to be mindful of. These recliners are a van life essential and fill the need for multi-functional, lightweight, space-saving objects.  

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Join the van life community!
Join the van life community!

Dear mums!

Breastfeeding just got easier. Get rid of those feeding pillows, relax your shoulders and neck and lean back. 

Keep the OG next to your bed handy for those early morning feeds. 

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The perfect angle for breastfeeding
The perfect angle for breastfeeding
Also useful for relaxing outdoors
Also useful for relaxing outdoors

Back the project

Please note that backing our project is subject to our Terms and Conditions, available here. You can also read Kickstarter Terms of Use here.  

Step 1

1. Select reward level.

The Travellers Headrest
The Travellers Headrest
The Original Backrest (The OG)
The Original Backrest (The OG)
Twin Pack - 2 x Travellers Headrest
Twin Pack - 2 x Travellers Headrest
Twin Pack - 1 x Traveller Headrest & 1 x Original Backrest
Twin Pack - 1 x Traveller Headrest & 1 x Original Backrest
Twin Pack - 2 x The Original Backrest
Twin Pack - 2 x The Original Backrest

Step 2

Unfortunately Kickstarter does not support multiple reward levels. But where there is a will, there is a way!

If you would like to back multiple reward levels:

Calculate the total value $X to your pledge. Once the campaign has ended I will send out a survey to confirm you order including shipping costs. 

For example, if you want to order 1 x Traveller Twin Pack & 1 x OG Backrest follow these instructions:

  • Select the either one of the rewards (Twin pack or OG Backrest)
  • Calculate the total value of each pledge ($210 + $125 = $335) 
  • Pledge the total value of $335 in that pledge amount
  • The survey will confirm the order and show a credit of $125
  • Select & confirm your the add on item (extra item)
  • Confirm shipping address
  • Checkout & Pay!

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How the idea came about:

Sungaze was conceived in 2017, on the beaches of Phuket during a search for more fulfillment & creativity in my life. Juggling this side project, working my 9-5 & facing the normal daily struggles of life, I realised how important it was to invest in rest. When I give myself short breaks, I genuinely feel healthier, happier, have higher energy and am super productive throughout the day. 

This project then became much more than just another item to take to the beach. It became a way of life. Holidays are amazing but we can’t always take them. This is my solution to encourage people to take mini holidays and breaks in their busy schedule, so they can feel more alive, productive, and present

Want to know why it is important to invest in rest? Watch Mindset & Body Transformation specialist David Godfrey's video below.  

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Watching sunsets with loved ones. What life is all about!
Watching sunsets with loved ones. What life is all about!

Materials & Processes

I have carefully selected materials that are long-lasting, suitable for the outdoors and completely replenishable on this earth. It was really important that every decision I made in relation to this product including design, sourcing, manufacturing and operations, was conscious of the environment over the life cycle of the product. 

Basically, this product is sustainable AF!

Timber

I am just a girl that has a thing for hardwood.... I absolutely love woodworking. There is nothing more satisfying than crafting something from your bare hands. You can check out some of my work here

The timber species selected is Acacia Mangium. A lightweight fast growing blackwood found in South East Asia and Australia. With a beautiful brownish & yellow shimmer, this species is lightweight, strong and suitable for portability. I have sourced the timber from FSC certified or traceable plantations. The recliners will be handmade in Asia. 

**Each piece is unique, and may look different to the photo. There is a lot of variation in the grain. I will match the grain the best I can with the backrest and arm. 

Grain variation
Grain variation
Grain variation
Grain variation

Strap

Any guess what the strap is made out of? Tree’s! Cork bark is a fantastic, durable and natural material. Sourced from controlled plantations in Portugal. Double thickness and stitched along the edges, this cork strap is a great alternative to leather. The best thing about using cork is that the bark is completely replenishable and grows back. No trees were cut down in the production of these cork straps. 

All rewards will be assembled with the Black Cork Strap
All rewards will be assembled with the Black Cork Strap

**Both designs will be supplied with the Black Cork Strap. After extensive testing, leaving it hung out in the sun & rain for months, the black strap was the toughest, durable and strongest out of them all.

Cork fabric test - weatherproof
Cork fabric test - weatherproof

Hardware

Phosphor Bronze is best suited for outdoor salty environments. I have custom made a barrel bolt and nut which has an internal thread to prevent salt build up if you are close to the beach.

Phosphor Bronze Hardware
Phosphor Bronze Hardware

Safety First 

I have conducted load tests of up to 160Kg of downward force over 7 days. Australian standards suggest load tests of 110kg for recliner chairs. I think we passed with flying colours!

**I am going to state the obvious, at the beach the recliners will sink a little bit further than grass pending the weight of a person and given the conditions. 

Followed Australian Standards Testing
Followed Australian Standards Testing

Schedule:  

Schedule
Schedule

*Dates subject to change pending volume of orders  

Funding:

Your contribution will help me fund my first production run! 

The costs covers my MOQ, production, operations & margin.  

In more detail this includes: 

Materials, labour, finishes, transport costs of raw materials, assembly, packaging, quality control, freight forwarding, handling, fulfillment & a bit of cushion for the unknown.

**Shipping is NOT included. Shipping costs will be confirmed on the Backerkit Survey sent 2 weeks after project has been funded.

***All backers will be responsible for paying their own taxes in their country.

****Hint hint - It's actually better value to order a twin pack as the shipping costs are the same or in some cases similar. Team up with a friend and split the shipping

Thank you!

Big thank you to everyone that helped get me here! I am very grateful to have an amazing and supportive group of family and friends. Special thanks to @studiolittleframes for the videography, photography and bringing the actress out in me & @aero.aus & @kaedeker for the stunning photos and digital marketing services.

Risks and challenges

Designing is only one piece to the puzzle. Operations, manufacturing and delivering is another few. I have been a practicing Industrial Designer for nearly 10 years and have worked for many businesses designing, manufacturing and delivering products. I am aware of the pitfalls along the way and have encountered many hiccups already getting to this point. The only challenge is the obvious one, time!

However, I am confident that I can persevere through and deliver a product I am proud of. Please note I will not exchange quality for time and I will commit to keeping you updated on how I am progressing on the important stages. If I do need help, I have a vast support network of people with experience in all areas that have been supporting me and guiding me to this point. Even better I will have more people joining my community (YOU) to help me along the way.

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    Travellers Headrest - AUS & NZ Only!

    Designed for those who travel lightly. The Travellers Headrest is small enough to fit into your suitcase, beach or picnic bag. It is designed to support your neck.

    1 x Travellers Headrest
    Save $15 from RRP
    Size - 300mm x 300mm x 60mm
    Weighs - 1.6Kg

    Timber - Acacia
    Black cork strap

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    Travellers Headrest-Worldwide Exclusive!

    Designed for those who travel lightly. The Travellers Headrest is small enough to fit into your suitcase, beach or picnic bag. It is designed to support your neck.

    1 x Travellers Headrest
    Save $15 from RRP
    Size - 300mm x 300mm x 60mm
    Weighs - 1.6Kg

    Timber - Acacia
    Black cork strap

    **International orders may be subject to import taxes.
    **Shipping cost NOT included in the pledge amount
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    The OG Backrest - AUS & NZ Only!

    Designed to give you that extra bit of support. The Original Backrest is slightly wider and longer. It is best used for camping, beach days, surfing, van life, outdoor cinemas and even breastfeeding! Leave in the boot of your car for convenience.

    1 x Original Backrest
    Save $15 from RRP
    Size - 400mm x 400mm x 60mm
    Weighs - 2Kg

    Timber - Acacia Mangium
    Black cork strap

    **Australian and NZ delivery ONLY
    **Shipping cost NOT included in the pledge amount

    Includes:
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    The OG Backrest-Worldwide Exclusive!

    Designed to give you that extra bit of support. The Original Backrest is slightly wider and longer. It is best used for camping, beach days, surfing, van life, outdoor cinemas and even breastfeeding! Leave in the boot of your car for convenience.

    1 x Original Backrest
    Save $15 from RRP
    Size - 400mm x 400mm x 60mm
    Weighs - 2Kg

    Timber - Acacia Mangium
    Black cork strap

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    **Shipping costs NOT included in the pledge amount
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    Twin Pack-Traveller-Worldwide Exclusive!

    Double Trouble! Partner up with a friend and split the shipping!

    2 x Traveller Headrest

    Save $30 from RRP.

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    Twin Pack-All Sorts-Worldwide Exclusive!

    Can't decide which one to get? Why not both! Keep one handy under your desk at work for lunchtime breaks, or leave in the boot of your car for convenience.

    1 x Original Backrest
    1 x Travellers Headrest

    Save $20 from RRP.

    **International orders may be subject to import taxes
    **Shipping costs NOT included in the pledge amount
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    Twin Pack-All Sorts-AUS & NZ Only!

    Can't decide which one to get? Why not both! Keep one handy under your desk at work for lunchtime breaks, or leave in the boot of your car for convenience.

    1 x The Original Backrest
    1 x The Traveller Headrest

    Save $20 from RRP.

    **Australian and NZ delivery ONLY
    **Shipping cost NOT included in the pledge amount

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    2 x Original Backrest

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Funding period

- (30 days)