I'm really big on summer. Like, really big. My birthday is in the summer (July 1, if you wanted to say something nice that day), I'm always happier when I eat outside, and I've never met a pool float I didn't like. But right now, I'm out on all of that stuff, even my birthday. Why? Because I want this Kodama Zome and I want it now. What's a Kodama Zome?! Okay, let's talk about it.
It's a hammock! It's a swing! It's both! Actually, no — it's better than both. According to their website, the Zomes "hang from a single overhead point, creating a smooth, gentle, unrestricted motion that soothes the vestibular system." The hammock-swing hybrid started gaining popularity back in 2016, and since then, the hand-built loungers have been popping up in residential and commercial spaces all over the country. And if you ask me, it's pretty obvious why.
As chill as hammocks are, it's so hard to get on and off of those things. You're almost guaranteed to lose your balance and look like an idiot in front of everyone at the party. Swings are cool, too, but after 10 minutes on a swing your butt starts to hurt and you have to get off. You can't win. Or rather, you couldn't win, until
the universe a company in Oregon gave us the Kodama Zomes. They're like floating couches, and what could be better than that?
Wait, it does get better. There are options, and lots of them. For starters, you can customize the mattress and cushions on every Zome, from color to material (mine would be teal, obviously). You can also buy a fitted cover to protect your pod during storms. It's practical, and you could probably use it to turn your swing into a tent and have the chillest camping sesh ever. Lastly, you can buy a mosquito net for your Zome, which is great, because mosquitos are the worst. Like I said, what could be better? It's the dream! There's just one thing...
Adding this magical piece of furniture to your backyard will cost you. The Zome Pod, which can hang on its own from a tall tree, starts at $2,800. That's without any of the extras, like the curved tripod stand you might need if your yard doesn't have a tall tree. A full, customized Zome Lounger could cost upwards of $6,300, which is a lot, but can you really put a price tag on relaxation? I think not.
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