Bengt Grahn, Sunne, Sweden

This year we are crafting the 2000th Stratus 72. Two thousand! One of these giant tents can host 72 people seated at tables. Connect all two thousand (yes, it is possible to connect them into infinity) and you could invite the entire populations of Andorra and Cayman Islands for an unforgettable evening under canvas. And there would still be plenty of space for catering, bands and dancefloors!

Where it all began...
I started crafting giant tipi shaped tents in 1989 when I formed the company in Moskosel, Swedish Lapland. But it was in 1993 that I created what would become the Stratus 72. I was contracted to create an area for Sami vendors at a local market. The Sámi are the aboriginal people of northern Scandinavia and the tents I created were inspired by their traditional structures, called ‘kåta’ or ‘lavvu’ – Nordic tipis, so my tents fit well into the scenery. I designed a Nordic tipi on which the sides could be lifted up to form a brim. I reckoned that would make the tent suitable as a stand for the Sami vendors.

By this time I had moved the production from a basement in the old school of Moskosel to a nearby barn/garage which I turned into a factory. I remember thinking that my business could get big, perhaps six, or even seven employees… In our minds we were only creating tents, but without realising it, we had created what would become the centrepiece of a worldwide industry.

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A well-traveled tipi
Today the Stratus 72 can be found on all continents except Antarctica (who will be the first to get one there? The Stratus is great for events in the snow!) and is involved in some of the most spectacular events. It’s been on the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the even colder WRC Rally Sweden. The Stratus 72 is now a regular attendee of the iconic Glastonbury Festival. It hosts a world-class food festival (Gourmet Escape) in Western Australia and Äventyrsservice even hosted the Eurovision Song Contest Swedish selections in their Stratus 72s!

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Image: Glastonbury Festival

 

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Image: Äventyrsservice

 

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Image: Zest Group WA

 

We sell Stratus 72s to businesses in Argentina, Dubai, Japan, Australia, USA, all over Europe, Mauritius and many more countries around the world. In the UK, our most developed market, we estimate that more than 500 people are employed by independent businesses built around the Stratus 72.

 

USA Under the Sky 2Image: Under The Sky Event Rentals

 

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Image: Les Tipis De Mare Longue

 

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Image: Matakata Tipis and Events

 

Connecting Stratus 72s
Connecting two or more Stratus 72s, creating potentially infinite spaces, opened up the market for the Stratus 72. It was first done in 1993 by a long-standing customer, Roger Rimpi. He runs Samelandsresor, an event company and Tentipi rental based in Jokkmokk, the heart of the Swedish part of Sápmi (Sápmi is the area traditionally inhabited by the Sámi people, located in the northern part of Scandinavia and Russia).

Roger, being a young and hungry entrepreneur, owned only one Stratus, but figured he could take on bigger events if he had two put together. The first connection was done with plastic tarps, but the techniques have developed, become standardised (take a look at our First Firecracker blog for more information) and are used by Tentipi customers all over the world.

 

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Image: Love Tipis

 

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Image: Tentipi AB

 

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Image: Tipis4Hire

Handcrafted in our own factories
Every Stratus is crafted by hand at our own production facilities. We still make them at the original factory in Moskosel, and some of our seamstresses here have been with us almost as long as me! Their hands have created space for thousands of great events, weddings, concerts…

 

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Image: Tentipi AB

 

As we now are celebrating the birth of Stratus number 2000, which is forecast to be ready for shipping later this year, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate this by sharing with you stories of where some of all these tents have ended up, the amazing events they have facilitated, some of them have even changed people’s lives!

With best regards and looking forward to crafting another 2000 Stratus 72s!

Bengt Grahn
Founder & CEO of Tentipi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the really great features of Tentipi’s giant tent, the Stratus 72, is its abilities to be linked together, so you can add two, three, five, twelve tents, up to infinity, to create huge enclosed spaces that can host weddings, business events and festivals. This feature is perhaps the key to the company’s success in the event tent industry. And the invention came from one of our earliest customers – a Sami guy called Roger Rimpi from Jokkmokk, northern Sweden.

The First Firecracker - by Papakåta

Friday 28th June 2019

Rental company Papakåta were amongst our very first UK Event customers and have been at the forefront of the Nordic tipi event industry for more than a decade.

Founding Director, Richard Monaghan, tells us how he developed a new technique for linking seven tipis, in a circle, to fulfill a customer request. 

This configuration came to be known as the "Firecracker". Thanks to Papakåta's generosity this technique is now widely used by our customers.

 

A Unique Testimonial

Tuesday 18th June 2019

It’s not every day that we get an email from a customer to tell us they’ve created a film about why they love Tentipi, but that’s exactly what landed in our inbox last month.

Who doesn’t love a great meal out in the wild? This episode of the Tentipiblog feature“Elle”Elena Nikishkova, owner of the the oh-so popular ambulating Swedish outdoor food truck www.ellesutemat.se. She’s a professional outdoor cook who draw inspiration from the New Nordic Food Manifesto, working only with sustainable, ecological and locally produced ingredients.

We have finally had a chance to dust off the snow, catch up on email and reflect on our 30th Birthday celebrations with the Event tent customers, which were held in Arvidsjaur, Swedish Lapland, last month.

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