If owning a boat sounds burdensome, San Francisco–based Oru Kayak has just lightened the load. Company founder and designer Anton Willis has combined the ancient art forms of boatbuilding from the indigenous Inuit of the Arctic, and origami from Buddhist monks in Japan, to invent the Bay, a kayak that folds up for easy carrying and storage. Made from a seamless sheet of double-layered plastic, the 26-pound boat has a patented folding pattern that enables it to collapse into a 32-inch × 28-inch × 13-inch box. Almost as fast as the $1,275 boat when it cuts through the water is the setup time of only 5 minutes. Impressed? So was the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which added one to its permanent collection. (orukayak.com)
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