It was no surprise to us that Janine Benyus's introduction to biomimicry was one of the most popular videos in our Sustainability in 7 series last month: the notion of "solving design challenges by asking nature's advice" has an immediate appeal.
While Benyus uses a peacock feather as an example, architecture and design studio Kawamura Ganjavian has found inspiration in another, equally unique (Ganj?-)avian: the ostrich.OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.
Of course, it's a different approach to biomimicry, more a comment on cultural work habits than a biological trait: "We gradually spend more time in our working environments, and this in turn means that we often need to make work and rest fully compatible within the same space... in general the workplace has rarely adapted to this new working-resting paradigm."
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Designer had serious maternal issues.
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The front side is printed with the letters K I C K - M E. Because users are begging to be mocked.
The most uncomfortable thing for me about taking naps during the day is sleeping with the covers on my head. Although it does wonders at blocking out light and noise, it's just so hard to breathe. Recycled oxygen eventually turns into CO2 and we come barrelling out of the covers for sweet, fresh air. Although it doesn't illustrate it here, surely this product must have a clever solution?
My concern would be what co-workers think of having your head up inside something with such an, um, 'organic' shape. Don't get one in red.