Let’s face it; most people don’t get as much sleep as scientists say we should. Since we’re having trouble clocking all our Zs at home, power-napping at work might be the next best thing. All in favor? Retreat inside the “Ostrich” by Kawamura Ganjavian, a design studio based in Madrid, for some instant R&R. Neither a pillow nor a garment, but something in between, the Ostrich provides a “soothing cave-like interior” for your mind and spirit—all without leaving your desk. If your burgeoning inbox has you craving respite, simply slip the ultrasoft fabric over your head, insert your arms, and drift off into la-la land.
HUSH LITTLE BABY
The self-employed aside, most of us don’t get to schedule rest periods into our work days, even though a single 15-minute nap is known to boost productivity—hear that, boss?—not to mention stave off burnout.
Most of us don’t get to schedule rest periods into our work days, even though a single 15-minute nap is known to boost productivity.
The Ostrich, like many concepts in the design world, was created in a moment of serendipity. “One day we had an old sweater lying on a table in the studio and someone put his head through the neck of the sweater (from the outside) and his arms through the sleeves,” says Pablo Carrascal, who works at Kawamura Ganjavian.
Although remarkably simple—and funny to look at—the idea immediately resonated with the designers. Inspired, the studio whipped up a prototype from elastic fabric so it’s one size fits all. And as long as you don’t get a crick in your neck from sleeping on your desk, the Ostrich just might be your ticket to getting the shuteye you need.