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Hush Pod: A Cozy Private Retreat for Public Spaces

Posted By Ana Lisa On July 25, 2011 @ 5:25 pm In green furniture,green Interiors,Green Products | 15 Comments

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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 [1], Hush is a snuggly pod that offers a quiet place to hide and escape. Hand-sewn from biodegradable local grey felt [2], 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 [3] sprouting all the time, it is nice – and healthy – to sometimes withdraw from it all. Spotted by Inhabitat [4] at the latest New Designers Show in London [5], 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 [6] felt. It is hand sewn with wool string, and the cushions are filled with recycled wool fibers, a by-product of the carpet [7] industry.

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The designer told Inhabitat [4] 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 [8], sustainable material. Wool [9] 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 [1]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Freyja Sewell: http://www.freyjasewell.co.uk/

[2] felt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felt

[3] social networks: http://www.facebook.com/

[4] Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/

[5] New Designers Show in London: http://inhabitat.com/photos-the-best-green-designs-at-london%E2%80%99s-new-designers-graduate-show/

[6] wool: http://inhabitat.com/sheep-wool-building-insulation/

[7] carpet: http://inhabitat.com/modutiles-let-you-add-corky-quirk-to-any-room/

[8] local: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=local

[9] Wool: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=Wool

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