When designer Marion Excoffon turned 20, she asked her father if she could borrow his boat. When he declined (he felt it wasn’t safe), she began working on a prototype for a sailboat design, and two years later the Tiwal 3 Inflatable Sailboat was born. Her vision of designing a sailboat with no constraints was realized: the Tiwal doesn’t need to be docked, can be transported in a small car and can be easily stored when deflated. The patented V-shaped hull glides easily through the water and is built to withstand rough waters. The Museum of Modern Art has a long history of featuring sports-related design. In 1962, MoMA’s exhibition Design for Sport featured more than 100 examples of sports equipment, such as baseball bats and hockey gloves assembled under a tent in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. An essay in the catalogue noted that the canoes and tennis rackets were not out of place next to the bronze sculptures as design around athletics necessarily unites form and function. The innovative materials and streamlined design of the Tiwal 3 Inflatable Sailboat follows this tradition of sporting goods so well designed for their function that a simple elegance of form is achieved.
Function plays a large role in defining good design. When designers look at an object, they don't just consider its aesthetic appearance—they should also challenge it to be more versatile, to respond to the user's need, or to achieve its purpose more elegantly. Good design has the capacity to solve problems that sometimes we didn't even know we had. This is one of the ways design touches and enriches our everyday life.
MoMA Exclusive: Exhilarating sailing adventures just got a whole lot easier. You won’t have to worry about where to dock this sailboat when not in use because this inflatable beauty can be packed in two bags, transported in a small car and stored easily. It takes about 20 minutes to inflate the hull, assemble the structure and attach the sail. Can accommodate two adults or one adult and two children. This high-quality boat can be used on the sea or mountain lakes. Includes one manual and one electric inflator. This latest model features a sail that can be adjusted between 56 sq. ft. to 75 sq. ft. and wing cushions are included. Made in France of PVC drop stitch hull, aluminum framework, carbon fiber mast, Dacron and monofilm sail. Weight capacity: 440 lbs.
Other features include:
Patented v-shaped hull designed to travel easily through the water
Designed to withstand rough waters and windy conditions
Family-friendly; safe for children
Assembled: 212.6h x 131.5w x 63.8"d Bag for the hull: 16h x 59w x 14"d / 62 lbs Bag for the sail and the structure: 16h x 59w x 14"d / 62 lbs