A place to hide, a warm cocoon, a biodegradable space, a felt pod… Hush is all of these things and more. Designed by University of Brighton graduate Freyja Sewell, Hush is a snuggly pod that offers a quiet place to hide and escape. Hand-sewn from biodegradable local grey felt, this object-space is a private micro retreat that can be set up practically anywhere.

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In a world with an increasingly virtual connection between humans, where the majority of us have a public online profile, with CCTV cameras everywhere and new social networks sprouting all the time, it is nice – and healthy – to sometimes withdraw from it all. Spotted by Inhabitat at the latest New Designers Show in London, Hush offers a quiet, dark, soft, and natural place to take a break from the stresses of daily life and other people.

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Hush is soft, biodegradable and very warm. It can be used as a pod, or it can magically unfold into a seat. The womb-like structure is water jet cut from a single piece of compressed wool felt. It is hand sewn with wool string, and the cushions are filled with recycled wool fibers, a by-product of the carpet industry.

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The designer told Inhabitat how felt in Britain is currently underused – in fact, a lot of it is currently wasted since it is naturally coarser and not in demand. It’s great to see a designer making good use and adding design value to the local, sustainable material. Wool is naturally flame retardant, breathable, durable, and elastic. It is also a multi-climatic material, meaning it is warm when the environment is cold and cool when it’s warm outside.

+ Freyja Sewell