JoyForm : Dedicated to the research + design of joy-infused spaces.

JoyForm is a project that explores spaces + places to understand what design elements bring us joy, awaken the senses, and create presence.

The project documents each space through sketches, writing, and photography. By understanding a space beyond the quick “glance-and-swipe”, we can dig deeper into what types of spaces are actually serving us well.

Follow along as we find new places and begin building a joy-infused space encyclopedia.

…Where is your happy space?

#3 : Getaway Tent

#3 : Getaway Tent


Getaway Yurt in Germantown, New York

Owner + Designer : Laura Sink

 

“Intentions for Gatherwild have been through several idea iterations - generally around creativity, nature, and dreamlike forts for adults.”

Gatherwild Ranch is a glamping oasis of creative shelters and positive happenstance community. The 15 acre property is just far enough outside of New York City that the pace slows and the landscape opens up. The ranch has a mix of rentable structures integrated into the landscape of a an abandoned apple orchard, offering guests the delicate balance of comfort and outdoor living.


The Firefly, a bell tent nestled against the tree-line.

The Firefly, a bell tent nestled against the tree-line.

Open space and green fields are found between the shelters.

Open space and green fields are found between the shelters.


Owner and Founder Laura Sink has shaped Gatherwild through the simple-living structures found throughout the property.


“A fundamental aspect has been a space to build the structures and experiment with eco building techniques and architecturally salvaged materials.  Both my partner, Paul Jacobsen and I love to create on an intermediate scale... big enough to sleep in but not too big that it requires a structural engineer. My background is product design, and it felt so good to move away from constructing in millimeters in the computer to rough cut lumber from our local mill.”


Interior view of the tent.

Interior view of the tent.

I was fortunate enough to stay in the “Firefly” bell tent (yurt-style tent) that is a 5 minute walk from the shared outdoor kitchen, cob pizza oven, and wood-fired hot tub. The path to the yurt are two worn tire tracks, giving a subtle reminder of how the land was used during orchard days. The tent is inviting, sitting on a raised wood platform with delicate white flags marking the entry. The world you meet on the other side of the zipped canvas door provides a instance joy-bomb : cozy yet spacious, minimal yet warm - hitting each sense in a positive way.

Sensory Map.

Sensory Map.

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JoyForm_Space Series_Tent

Plan sketch of the tent.

Plan sketch of the tent.

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JoyForm_Space Series_Tent

The scale of the canvas tent is small but not claustrophobic - short side walls lift up to a center pole, creating both a sense of coziness and airiness. The space is host to only the necessities: bed, chair, and water basin. Consciously styled, the aesthetic quality is soft and light, the canvas walls allow in diffused natural light which creates incredible calming properties. The minimalism of the interior is a reflection of the simplistic natural of the structure itself - light canvas walls are lifted by a single pole and tension. Despite the fact that it rained throughout the night we were protected, a welcomed reminder of shelter’s primal purpose.





 
#2 : Tiny Pastry

#2 : Tiny Pastry