This hammock-rocking chair hybrid is what every cottage needs

It’s what summer dreams are made of: a piece of furniture that combines the best features from two of the most relaxing places to lounge—the hammock and the rocking chair.

Three design students created the chair for a weaving course they were taking as an elective at India’s MIT Institute of Design.

Mehak Philip, who created the chair with classmates Harshita Murudkar and Shivaji Gulati, told Tech Insider that they were allowed to create anything they wanted for the weaving project. In just two weeks, they came up with this innovative design:

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What might be even more impressive, though, is that the chair was built entirely from recycled materials the students found lying around the classroom.

“Initially, everyone wondered how we were going to pull it off,” Philip said. “But the three of us just went on doing everything it took, and there it was!”

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The unique chair, which measures three-and-a-half feet in diameter, combines the shape of a hammock with the movement of a rocking chair.

Its shape, which allows you to slouch or sit upright, might be more comfortable than a classic rocking chair and more fool-proof than a typical (read: tippy) hammock. It can also be placed pretty much anywhere there’s flat ground.

It’s the perfect portable reading spot—and every cottager’s dream.

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Unfortunately, there’s only a prototype available, but the team hopes to launch commercial production if they can find a backer.

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