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Hanging around in style

Media release – Otago Polytechnic

For immediate release, 20 December, 2016

Hanging around in style

Jeremy Metherell is going to enjoy a relaxing summer holiday – especially as he’ll be lying in a hammock HE designed … and is now being sold through a NZ outdoor brand!

Jeremy has just graduated from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Design (Product). For his final year, he produced a hammock, and Cactus Outdoor has decided to manufacture it and sell it in their stores.

Daryl Warnock, Cactus Outdoor General Manager, says he chose Jeremy’s hammock to produce “Because it’s a new and different product, and really well suited to the Cactus brand.”

The hammock only went on sale last Thursday is already selling well. It retails for $149.

Jeremy can’t quite believe his hammock is out there for the world to experience. “This project changed how I thought about design. It was so much more tangible – because I made something that will actually end up being made and used” he says.

Jeremy did all his own sewing on the project. Twelve prototypes later, he’s a lot more confident than when he started. “We had classes on construction, and making corners and putting in zips, and then pretty much it was just go ahead and do it.” As he points out, practise makes perfect, “After many hours on the sewing machine, most of my seams are straight!”

Jeremy’s now hoping to study for his honours degree.


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