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Hush Pod: A Cozy Private Retreat for Public Spaces
Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On July 25, 2011 @ 5:25 pm In green furniture,green Interiors,Green Products | 14 Comments
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.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat
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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