Associate design editor Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA, tries to get comfortable on one of ARCHITECT's office couches.
Whether it’s for inspiration or simply out of frustration, a break from the daily grind is often needed. Here at ARCHITECT, we believe in the creative value of a good nap (and science backs us up). This collection of snooze-friendly products suits most office interiors, allowing users to kick back until more personalized products, such as these Thneed-like sleep suits and body mittens, hit the mass market.
Feel, Animi Causa
This modular seating system can be configured for lounging, napping, and, yes, even working. Feel comprises 120 hand-connected felt balls that offer cushion and structural support for a conformable and customized relaxation pad.
Credit: Animi Causa
Chair Wear, Bernotat&Co Design Studio
Dutch studio Bernotat&Co is bringing new life to old seating by upgrading the functionality of conventional chair covers with a collection that provides cushion, storage, and privacy. Chair Wear’s nap-friendly offerings include Hoodini, which is made of Innofa’s 3D knit fabric, and Big Baggy, which is exactly what it sounds like—a canvas chair drape with oversize pockets.
Credit: Bernotat&Co Design Studio
Sensory Concentration Space, Freyja Sewell
British designer Freyja Sewell’s Sensory Concentration Space encases users in soft, sound-absorbing wool to isolate them from everything but their senses. Its white interior acts as a canvas for color-changing LEDs that, along with the integrated speakers, can be custom-programmed with scenarios that promote relaxation or recharging. The unit is placed on an elevated floor, which can be filled with scented felt discs. (h/t: DesignBoom)
Biknit, Patricia Urquiola
For a more subtle approach to nap-ready furniture for the office and elsewhere, Patricia Urquiola's Biknit chaise lounge for Moroso fits the bill with its ash sled legs, powdercoated steel frame, and neutral-colored upholstery. Thick cords woven through the frame provide cushioning and design detail. The result is a respite for desk workers, who can un-hunch their posture and doze off.
Petstools, Hanna Emelie Ernsting
Even the most pet-friendly workplaces will likely raise an eyebrow to elephants and pigs. German-American designer Hanna Emelie Ernsting offers an amenable alternative with Petstools. Four animal-shaped wool covers are offered as detachable and washable accents for a 16”-tall-by-20”-wide footstool. Each animal head contains excess fabric, creating floppy folds in which to nestle tired feet.
Credit: Hanna Emelie Ernsting
Convertible Bed and Desk, Athanasia Leivaditou
Inspired by the makeshift lounges formed by her architectural-design classmates at Columbia University using chairs in the library, Studio NL designer Athanasia Leivaditou developed a work surface that converts into a bed. To switch from work- to sleep-mode, the top slides forward and the padded front panel folds down to become a bed. One of the desk’s side panels tilts outward to serve as a headrest while the other stays vertical to provide storage. Beyond serving sleep-deprived students, this desk can be used in tight residential spaces and for in-office naps.
Credit: Anathanasia Leivaditou
Ostrich Pillow, Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian
Following a wildly successful Kickstarter in 2012, the Ostrich Pillow by designers Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian for Studio Banana Things is now available for purchase. The micro-bead-filled pillow slides over a wearer’s head like a ski mask, with openings for the nose and mouth. Holes on each side of the plush head offer a place to rest hands during a face-down desk nap. Though it’s intended to help its wearer sleep nearly anywhere, we think the getup lends itself to cartoon-character references. Also available in junior and scaled-down versions.
Credit: Studio Banana Things