Sleep on the job: A new space for office naps

01 : 11 : 2012 Office : Sleep : Body Temples

Cologne – Working with furniture manufacturer Haworth, designer Marie-Virginie Berbet has produced CalmSpace, a ‘regenerating power nap capsule’ designed for the office.

CalmSpace by Marie-Virginie Berbet CalmSpace by Marie-Virginie Berbet
CalmSpace by Marie-Virginie Berbet CalmSpace by Marie-Virginie Berbet

Berbet presented her creation at the Orgatec 2012 trade fair for modern office products. Users tell the capsule how long they intend to nap, and it programs a progression of light and sound designed to lull them gently into and out of sleep.

Because of her background in neuropharmacology, Berbet approached the project from the standpoint of physiological needs in the workplace. ‘I decided to work on napping using different scientific data to develop a micro-environment optimised for a short and regenerative sleep,’ she tells LS:N Global. Companies fail to provide coherent guidelines for how to rest at work, says Berbet, but ‘CalmSpace is offering a real answer as it allows a real practice, limited in time and space’.

For more on why consumers and workers need space to relax, read our New Sublimity macrotrend.