When it comes to talking about tent design, the words ‘fun’ and ‘functional’ are rarely uttered in the same breath. For the keen trekker, traditional tents are made to blend in to their surroundings in a mix of blues and greens. However, this camouflaging of these temporary homes does not always meet our need to stand out. And if like us you have been at a festival when our standard functional green tent has been lost, like a chameleon, in an infinite ocean of other standard functional green tents, then you’ll know what we’re talking about.

We have all been that child longing for the drab walls of our blue tent-den to transform themselves into the old stones of a castle, or the metal panels of a spaceship. Well my dear camper, look no further, for it is Field Candy that is leading the revolution for outdoor product design. Offering unique, vibrant and quirky tent designs, Field Candy will make you the envy of fort builders and festivalgoers everywhere.

At Ultimate Library, we are delighted to be partnered with Little Campers at Field Candy. The Little Camper Play Teepee’s are the perfect accessory for every hotel crèche or even a welcome addition for a young explorers bedtime experience. Each beautiful tepee creates a peaceful and engaging space for children, allowing them to settle in any hotel environment and read a book or three.

To celebrate our continued relationship with Field Candy, we were lucky enough to pick the brain of Rhona Carr, one of the Founding Directors of this fabulous company, about all things camping and reading.

 

WHERE’S THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOU’VE EVER SEEN A TENT PITCHED?

We had a customer who pitched a tent on a Floating raft for a photoshoot.

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR STARTING FIELD CANDY?

My husband, John, and I, visited an outdoor camping area in Germany. When we got there the only thing we could see was rows and rows of plain coloured tents. It was then that we realized that the market was in desperate need for a more creative product, and that is when we came up with the idea of Field Candy.

 

FIELD CANDY HAVE REALLY MASTERED THE ART OF CREATING FUN AND INTERESTING SOLUTIONS TO STAYCATIONS OR ESSENTIAL OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIELD CANDY PRODUCT?

The A-Frame Original Explorer with the ‘What a Melon’ is still a firm favourite of mine.

 

THE VARIETY OF FIELD CANDY GEAR IS FAMOUS FOR IT FLARE FOR DESIGN, WHILE ALSO BEING EXTREMELY PRACTICAL. HA THERE BEEN A PATTERN THAT HAS REALLY CAPTURED YOUR IMAGINATION?

The ‘Hold your Horses Carousel’ design for the Teepees, from the Little Campers range, is just lovely and a nice reminder of days gone by.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS SO MAGICAL ABOUT TENTS?

Sleeping outdoors under the stars is so relaxing and peaceful, a real escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

 

 

GROWING UP, WHAT WERE YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS? DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SPOT TO READ?

Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons books were enjoyed by me and my own children. When I was very young I grew up in the Lake District, it was here that my father, who loved the Lakes, read these books to me. We had a little summerhouse at home and that was my favourite reading place.

 

ULTIMATE LIBRARY LOVES USING FIELD CANDY TENTS FOR DENS TO READ IN, INSIDE AND OUT. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY MAKE A GOOD COMBINATION?

Its nice to feel secure when you are tucking in to the pages of a new book and the idea of being in a Den appeals to all ages.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE ESSENTIAL FIELD CANDY ITEM THIS YEAR? 

Our new ‘Hangabout Chairs’ are great for young and old to chill out in and definitely read a book.

 

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACED TO READ NOW? DO YOU HAVE ANY FIELD CANDY  ITEMS THAT COMPLIMENT THOSE LOCATIONS?

We have a Hangabout hung from a Tree in a shaded place in the garden. That’s my favourite place right now.

 

FINALLY, THE QUESTION WE HAVE TO ASK, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LIBRARY?

Having lived in Italy, it has to be the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark’s), a beautiful Renaissance building in the heart of Venice.