I designed and manufactured the Nomad Yurt, a modernized version of the timeless Mongolian yurt, now with an eco-friendly bamboo frame. The Nomad yurt was featured in numerous blogs and publications, named "the country's best yurt" by Dwell Magazine, and nominated for a Cooper-Hewitt Peoples' Design Award.

The project introduced a new way of thinking about small-scale living and portable structures and was influential in the Tiny Home movement that emerged later. 


I set up a Tijuana, Mexico-based manufacturing process and planned to produce a range of similar shelter products. But my timing was off and when the 2008 recession hit the project failed.

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Joshua Tree, California

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