Is the Orrb the answer to the problem of the open office?

© Orrb

Last year everyone was dumping on the idea of the open office. Quartz claimed that Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick. Oliver Burkeman of the Guardian topped them all with his post titled Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell. Perhaps he would feel better if he had some quiet time in the Orrb. Founder Lee McCormack tells Fast Company that " it's almost a necessity because we're so bombarded with information overload and we need a private space in the office."

This transatlantic co-production is not simply a quiet place to get away, it's a " a gymnasium for the mind, helping you relax, regain focus, increase performance and train for self-development." If it is in wellness mode, it tells you how to slow down your breathing, relax and meditate.

breathe in© Orrb

Or you can use it in learning mode, where you get lessons picked by your pointy-haired boss. They don't say on their site what it costs per month for its subscription contract; Fast Company says that it costs about $10,000. But hey, you do get "a range of unlimited use wellness and mindfulness content."

Orrb interior© orrb

It actually does look quite comfy, with noise cancelling, air filtering and oxygenation. I think it would be great at home. Put four wheels on it and it would make a great google car, which doesn't need windows anyway. Just lie back and say ommm.

It's not the first orb we have shown on Treehugger; I was very fond of the Nau Cocoon. which had the best marketing video ever.

Immersive Cocoon "2011" | 1080HD from adNAU on Vimeo.

Is the Orrb the answer to the problem of the open office?
It's not just a place to nap; it's a "gymnasium for your mind."

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