SsshΓÇª. Finding Quiet in the Office
ThereΓÇÖs a lot of talk these days about the importance of quiet and privacy in the office ΓÇô and the lack of it in most of our open-plan workplaces. So how about a solution? Or three?
HUSH: a space to hide away and work
HUSH is a pod for napping, reading or simply shutting the world out while you regroup your thoughts and refocus your mind. The design takes an organic form and is made from felt which gives it a tactile and cosy quality. You can even pull it closed to make it an even more calming space.
Designer Freyja Sewell created HUSH to be a ΓÇ£personal retreat, a luxurious escape into a dark, hushed, natural space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library.ΓÇ¥
Incidentally, design expert Kevin McCloud is a big fan and chose HUSH as one of his Green Heros for Grand Designs Live.
Quiet: the pod for some sssh time
Another comfy option for finding some calm in the office, TILTΓÇÖs Quiet pod is a reading nook to retreat to when youΓÇÖve got a task you really need to focus on.
Sitting in this one-person space should be a clear indicator to co-workers that youΓÇÖre after some quiet time. But because itΓÇÖs open at the front, it doesnΓÇÖt close you off completely from the rest of the office. It says ΓÇ£do not disturbΓÇ¥ without appearing antisocial.
CalmSpace: the workplace snooze booth
Why settle for quiet when you could go even further and take a little power nap in the office? After all, since Google revealed it has nap pods in its offices, the workplace snooze booth has become a something of a trend.
We like the CalmSpace, partly because of the privacy and seclusion which it provides, and partly because itΓÇÖs specifically designed to create the perfect sleeping environment.
It does this via some very clever tech: sound and light cycles play in a sequence to boost the quality of your shut-eye. Each session ends with a blue light which is designed to wake you up gently so that youΓÇÖre refreshed rather than groggy after your power nap.
Which of these would you like to see in your office? Do you have any other solutions for finding quiet at work?
(Images: top to bottom, courtesy and copyright of: HUSH by Freyja Sewell; Quiet by TILT; CalmSpace.)