Read here about a designer who is active in the field of researching and innovating tensegrity structures.


Val Stavrev is a founder of Helium ET, a tensile structure design and engineering boutique based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He specializes in tensile membranes, shade structures and form finding.

Tensegrity Sails

Stavrev adds to the standard tensegrity model a fabric stretched between related tendons. The result is the articulation of a hyperbolic curve between the tendons.

Stavrev Tensegrity Sail 6 strut with ad.PNG

Stavrev Tensegrity Sail 6 strut with shadow.PNG

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Links and References

Portal to Art & Design
A series on objects, from high art to industrial design.
Crafts> Jewelry
Lighting> Bartosik, Clar, Gobo
Sculpture> Needle Tower, BLOB, Tensegritree, Torus, Chirality, Stavrev, Bolitho
Furnishings> Furniture, Achkov, Akke, Stavrev, ETSAV Chair, Stools by Weller, Rasmussen, Passi
Misc> Animal forms, Bicycle, Clothing, Holidays, Kite, Mesh Bag, Musical Instruments, Trees, Wheelchair
People> Di Carlo, Snelson, Clar, Martin, Bartosik, Buchanan, Cuthbert, van Dokkum

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