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Brief Published: 14 Nov 2012

Sci-Fi CalmSpace Sleep Pods for the Office


French product designer Marie-Virginie Berbet has collaborated with Dutch furniture manufacturer Haworth to create a human-sized capsule that helps employees escape the stress of the office and recharge their batteries with a power nap.

Named CalmSpace, each pod has enough room for one person and can be specifically programmed for them to enjoy a 10, 15 or 20-minute sleep, complete with ambient LED mood lighting and soft music. A blue light gradually awakens the user after each restorative session.

Berbet has stated that she designed the pod in order to help the user disconnect from the hyper-connectivity of the outside world. But her inspiration comes from the world of science fiction, rather than a desire to create something zen or spiritual. 

“Science-fiction culture from novelists like Philip K. Dick or Aldous Huxley to 60s dystopian architects like Archigram, Archizoom or Haus-Rucker-Co inspired the formal concept,” she says. “The spaceship shape expresses the idea of a stabilised environment; a space into which environmental parameters are precisely controlled to best support the physiological needs.”

The CalmSpace pods will cost €15,000 ($19,070) each and will be available in January 2013 via Haworth’s stores.

For a deeper insight into how the workspace is evolving, see our reports The Transformable Workspace and Domesticating The Workspace. For more on spaces that manipulate the senses in order to rebalance the body, see Spaces That Trick the Body and Sound & Space: Sonic Design.

Marie-Virginie Berbet