House No. 327, Junas Wada , after Mandrem House, beside Himalaya Valley Yoga Centre, Mandrem
Arambol Hammock is a registered trademark of Red Earth Handicrafts Pvt. Ltd., an Indian incorporated company co-owned by Andreas Huber and Helene Riverin. Recently relocated, the headquarters of the company as well as its new Shop are now located in Mandrem (a few kilometers before Arambol) Goa, India. These are the dry facts, but as usual, there is a story behind Andy recalls: “After travelling extensively in South Asia, I discovered Goa and Arambol. In the early eighties, Goa was still a heaven of peace and untouched nature. Arambol village was then a very quiet and laidback little fisherman village with two beaches – one with a sweet water lake fed by a spring rivulet flowing out of a small jungle patch. I just fell for the place! It was just a bunch of Hippies who settled there in huts and tree-houses. It was a time of great freedom!” But, Andy soon got tired to sleep on the ground, and being creative and practical, he made himself a simple hammock. Soon, it struck a chord with neighbours around. The word spread and requests have been flowing since. That was the start of a creative process that is still going on. “My aim is to combine comfort, functionality and performance” says Andy about his creative process, “and of course, being a paraglider, the paragliding wing construction inspires me. These wings are shaped with strings of different length!” The names given the two products he created in 1999 and 2001 – the Flying Chair and the Flying Carpet – as well as their construction, reflect this influence.