“The world is a bubble” declared Saint Augustine. Seventeen centuries later, the patron saint of brewers and printers would surely be a huge fan of the portable plastic offerings from Bubble Tree.
The French design and manufacturing company sells bubble products that they describe as “Unusual huts for unusual nights.” Spot Cool Stuff would characterize them more as glorified tents.
Bubble Tree has two basic types of bubbles to choose from. The BubbleRoom has a translucent bottom half that provides bubble dwellers with a modicum of privacy. The CristalBubble is entirely see through. The floor of the CristalBubble is transparent too (if you don’t install the optional wood floor), so you can place one at a beach edge and watch waves lap beneath you.
Both bubble types have a floor diameter of about 4 meters (13 feet). That provides more than enough interior room to for five people to have a picnic, or for one really cynical person to comfortably isolate themselves from the outside world. For more space, a bubble can be combined with a smaller bubble to create a BubbleLodge or with another full-sized bubble to make a GrandLodge.
The bubbles manage to hold the shape of, well, a bubble thanks to an electric turbine that keeps the structure optimally inflated. The blower is silent and runs the air through a filter that supposedly removes all bugs, moisture and allergens. That fresh air, along with the bubble’s ultraviolet-proof plastic, helps moderate temperatures and keeps the greenhouse effect in check. Altogether, life inside a bubble is pretty sweet.
What’s less sweet is the price. A CristalBubble with a removable wood floor, air turbine and carry case will set you back €7796. If you have any money left over, combine your bubble with a portable wood-burning spa for the ultimate glamping—glamorous camping—experience.
See the video, below, for more.
You needn’t buy a Bubble Tree bubble to experience one. A handful of unusual camping grounds around France have bubbles you in which you can spend the night. Check out Attrap’Rêves in Bouches-du-Rhone (near Marseille) and Sky River outside of Loir-et-Cher (a two hour drive south of Paris).
Below video is in french: