Sleep Anywhere, Anytime: Ostrich Pillow Goes from Concept to Reality

Ostrich Pillow in Library© kawamura-ganjavian

TreeHugger has changed its commenting system since I wrote about the Ostrich Pillow last year, so thankfully you can't read the horrible things that were said about it and about me for writing about it. However, a lot has changed in 18 months; new research has confirmed the importance of napping and companies are adapting to accept and even promote it. According to the New York Times, deep sleep...

whether in an eight-hour block or a 30-minute nap — primes our brains to function at a higher level, letting us come up with better ideas, find solutions to puzzles more quickly, identify patterns faster and recall information more accurately.

Ostrich Pillow© Kawamura-Ganjavian

Companies like Google have read the research and now promote napping on the job. In some cultures you see people napping everywhere, any time; they are used to it and accept it. Others need a little help, which is where the Ostrich Pillow can come in to play. The designers at Spanish architecture firm Kawamura-Ganjavian describe it on Kickstarter, but I prefer what they wrote last year:

OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.

Ostrich Pillow in airport© Kawamura-Ganjavian

John Metcalfe at Atlantic Cities worries about using it in public spaces.

The big drawback I see from donning this bulbous hood is the diminished awareness of one's surroundings. A robber could snatch your wallet and be off the train while you're still struggling to extricate yourself from this head-womb.

Perhaps. But it would great in a noisy office or a tiny apartment. More at Kickstarter; see other solutions to the same problem in the related links to the left.


Tags: Designers | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces


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