Gallery: Hush Pod: A Cozy Private Retreat for Public Spaces

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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.

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.

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.

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


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  1. Jolene Rheault January 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Except that they look like man eating vajayjays…..

  2. Denise Morris March 24, 2013 at 4:36 am

    How much do these cost? Are they waterproof? Who sells them in the US?

  3. bsme1995 January 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    How do I get one?!?!?

  4. Ana Lisa Alperovich January 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for all the comments, you can get in touch with the designer-maker at or

  5. 216stitches December 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Shut up and take my money!

  6. Kimmo Hokkanen December 13, 2012 at 4:05 am

    For those wanting to buy one, check the crowdfunding for making a commercial product of the design here:

  7. Kathy Coady January 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I am interested in purchasing a felt pod. How much are they and can it be shipped to the US? What is the lead time to receive one?

  8. mishogool November 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    How much?
    Where can I buy?
    If anyone knows please write me at email

  9. Anavi October 1, 2011 at 2:12 am

    If anyone knows where to get this PLEASE email me at I really could use this for the crazy long hours at several airports 2 weeks from now!

  10. September 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Please let me know where these are available
    Thanks Diane

  11. artires August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

    How much?
    Where can I buy?
    If anyone knows please write to

  12. bubble July 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

    this is awesome!! I want one!!

  13. chrissmith181 July 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love this design! As a graduate student I would love this in our college! Sometimes it’s nice to completely withdraw from everything, but to be able to seperate yuorself while still being in a public space would be great for stress!

  14. BrodyShores July 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Amazing IDEA! I wasn’t introduced to private retreats for public spaces until I started school at SCAD. In the hub we have two clunky, plastic lounge chairs with hoods so you can shut the rest of the world out as you take a quick cat nap between classes. They are oversized, clunky, and definetly not sustainable.
    You have truly created a product that is going to do so well! I can see these in sheek office spaces, or airports!
    Look forward to following your product!

  15. dredmil78 July 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    how much is it? i want to own one !

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