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Brief Published: 10 Aug 2015

Offline Chair: Disconnecting to De-Stress

Agata Nowak

The Offline Chair by Polish designer Agata Nowak is a cocooning space with a pocket specifically designed to block mobile and wi-fi signals from smartphones.

Designed to give respite from technology and create a calming environment, the chair's high back and sides physically shield the user. Further seclusion can be achieved by pulling over the detachable hood. The chair is upholstered in a soft grey quilted fabric and the anti-connectivity pocket for the user's smartphone is created using an insulated material.

Typically, anti-connectivity technology has been seen in apparel – San Francisco-based clothing company Betabrand worked in collaboration with Norton Internet Security to reproduce a pair of their most popular jeans with signal-blocking pockets. Now we can expect to see these anti-technology materials coming into the interior and office domain to enable quiet, distraction-free spaces.

For similar ideas, see our Materials Focus 2016: Deactivate. For wider thoughts on mindfulness and technology, see Compressed Calm, which explores how consumers can seek bite-sized pockets of reflection in a busy society.