Inflatable DIY cookbook

How to make quickly effective inflatable structures

A manual to built up quickly and easily your personal and effective inflatable space.

This booklet is divided into two parts. The first one is a Do It Yourself manual about building up simple inflatable structures. The second one is a collection of images about our last workshops and performances. The inflatable technology is really complex and it’s applied in many fields of science and engineering. Nevertheless, as designers we are interested in inflatables because they could be a cheap, fast and easy way to moke up real scale prototype of livable spaces. Our endless source of inspiration in our inflating activity, in fact, is the work of Ant Farm to whom this booklet is dedicated.

Architecture isn’t just building, it is media, it is performance, it is graphic presentation, and with
inflatables these elements can be equals.

Ant Farm, 1970

In 1970 they’ve printed a very little numbers of copies of a fresh and radical magazine called Inflatecookbook about their experiences in DIY designing super POP inflatable structures with the intention of sharing their experience. We want do the same with this small and not exhaustive book you can look at for free.


// What is

UNPACKED Studio is a professional practice based in Rome (Italy) operating within the traditional fields of architecture and urban planning but also interested in exploring the contemporary through other creative approaches.

// What we do

UNPACKED Studio provides services in the fields of Design, Communication, Architecture, Urban Planning, Participatory Process, Innovative Education and Research.

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// Mission

UNPACKED Studio is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving several professionals from diverse disciplines. We like experimenting cutting-edge approaches between digital and analog.

// Who we are

UNPACKED Studio has been founded by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators.

Daniele Mancini is Ph.D. in Theory of Architecture. He worked in France at Jakob+ MacFarlane Architects and in The Netherlands at Wiel Arets Architects. He is currently involved in teaching activities at IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Roma.

Irene Rinaldi worked in Spain at De La Puerta Architects and in Italy at Schiattarella Associati where participated to the design of Italian Pavillon for the Japan Expo 2005 in Aichi (Nagoya)

UNPACKED Studio started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia”.