The Kokon: Stress-Reducing Office Pod
The Kokon is a suspended pod chair that employs soothing scents, sounds and vibrations to help workers relax and manage stress. Created by a US start-up of the same name, the seat was designed in response to increasing concern about the effects of stress on physical and mental wellbeing, and encourages users to enter a meditative state.
The pod hangs from a central exterior pole that allows the seat to bob slightly in the air, evoking a sense of weightlessness. The team collaborated with Canadian perfume design studio Parfums Jazmin Saraï to embed olfactory molecules within the chair’s felt frame – made from upcycled textile waste – to activate an emotional experience of safety and comfort.
An audio soundscape is projected via over-ear headphones, using frequencies that disrupt anxious thoughts and focus listener attention. This is translated into a physical experience via vibrational feedback resonating throughout the chair’s material, as well as through two handheld ‘sound pebbles’ placed in each palm, directly relaying the pulses of the soundscape to the user.
As explored in our Macro Trend The Work/Life Revolution, companies are realising the impact of staff wellness on productivity, and investing in spaces that foster rejuvenation. For more on adopting mindful workspaces to nurture and inspire staff, see Scape x UnStudio’s Reset Pods in Materialising Modern Work, and Professional Play in Blueprint for a Better Workplace.