A three-part collaboration between meditation-pod-maker OpenSeed, designer Yves Béhar (founder of multidisciplinary studio Fuseproject) and Deepak Chopra, Iris is a successful blend of industrial design, wellness technology and sustainability. The womb-shaped, assembled-on-site capsule features a structure partially made from 3D-printed upcycled saw-dust with 100 per cent natural sound-absorbing felt panels. Intended to “quiet the chatter and help…refocus on our well-being,” the stand-alone micro-environment is equipped with immersive audio for guided meditation, aromatherapy and specially designed LED sequences that are synchronized with the sound aspect, all controlled through an unobtrusive built-in touchscreen. In louder settings, noise-cancelling headphones can be used to help block out external distractions.
Challenged to bring the Headspace meditation app into physical form, San Francisco studio Mike & Maaike responded with a “joyful, inviting and simple piece of furniture” that offers users a secluded spot for reflection. To remove any indicators of or associations with work, the Headspace Pod (which is still in the prototype phase) features built-in directional audio, which requires no headphones, screens or other devices to activate — and the sound is heard only by those inside. Once users have settled into the felt-upholstered hut, a series of 10-minute guided mediations — relax, refresh and focus — are accessed via corresponding and clearly labelled buttons: simply push the button, take a seat on the small bench and begin to calm the mind.
With personal wellness consistently scoring high on employee satisfaction checklists, dedicated places for meditation and relaxation are fast becoming commonplace. Here, two stellar examples that combine the benefits of zoning out with stylish good looks.