Is it possible to find inner rest, if not peace in the urban space? Three interactive installations were inaugurated during New York Design Week 2015 that spoke to the themes of retreat and escape rather innovatively.
Touted as the first-ever napping environment to be installed at a design fair, the installation came complete with comfy pillows, beds, drapes and projections that react to your movements. And yes, it was effective in allowing people to recharge. Is it feasible and practical? We see it working well in offices or schools.
Noguchi’s Secret Garden
Featuring lighting, sculptures, and rocks found and designed by the legendary artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, this installation was described as soothing, introspective and aesthetically beautiful. Practical? It would look great at an art gallery, or a museum of art. But, perhaps, not as part of an office space.
The Dynamic Sanctuary
Designed by the design firm The Principals, who were commissioned by Ford to build out an interactive space, the Dynamic Sanctuary is an enclosed space and experience built with a single person in mind. Walk into the structure and you enter a space covered in soft LED lighting. Also included is a biometric sensor, which when clipped to your finger, makes the structure responsive, pulsing in time with your heartbeat. The idea: The experience forces you to focus on your heartbeat and breathing, enabling you to, “[be] more mindful of your individual place and state of mind in that particular moment, and ultimately, relax a little.” Drew Seskunas, co-director of The Principals, thinks the structure could help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental trauma.
Of the three, Nap Lab resonates the most, as one can never get too many zzz’s in these stressful, smart device-interruptive times. (image via Shutterstock)