With its canvas sides and orange and green colour cues, the Holtkamper Cocoon S wouldn’t look out of place on an African safari camp. You can just imagine enjoying a nice cream tea in it, before climbing into the rear of a Land Rover, binoculars at the ready to spot some big cats on the move before sundown.

A product that redefines the meaning of the word ‘clever’, this Dutch-made folding trailer tent knocked us sideways when we first saw it at the NEC show in autumn 2011. Holtkamper is a family-owned firm that has been manufacturing high-quality tents for more than 80 years. And it shows: the concept, design and finish of the Cocoon S is top drawer.

It defies belief that such an unassuming object transforms into a thing of beauty, but the clue is in the name. In a matter of minutes, this checkerplate-sided trailer becomes a handsome tent that will sleep two or more occupants in considerable comfort.