HAWORTH calmspace self-contained pod is made for taking naps at work
HAWORTH calmspace self-contained pod is made for taking naps at work HAWORTH calmspace self-contained pod is made for taking naps at work
aug 31, 2014

HAWORTH calmspace self-contained pod is made for taking naps at work

HAWORTH’s calmspace is a self-contained pod for taking naps at work
all images courtesy of HAWORTH



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HAWORTH‘s calmspace is a self-contained pod for taking naps at work


designboom partners with leading office furniture company HAWORTH on an editorial series that investigates the future of the contemporary office environment and new ways of working. our alliance brings forth insights into the workplace and how it has evolved from something more static, into an active and modular condition.


in many countries, there is a cultural stigma revolving around the notion of ‘napping on the job’, but with longer working hours and the quest for employee productivity, catching a few Zzzzzs in the workplace (and in general) has been scientifically proven to demonstrate benefits.

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the sleeping pod is equipped with a pre-set lighting system, with red illumination used to lull people to sleep





working together with the fraunhofer-institut für arbeitswirtschaft und organisation (fraunhofer institute for industrial engineering) in stuttgart, and the european sleep centre in paris, leading office furniture manufacturer HAWORTH aims to combat the negative perception of sleeping at work by using their findings and scientific research to highlight the renewing power of short naps.

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employees are given privacy to take a short nap in the comforts of the ‘calmspace’




HAWORTH has developed the ‘calmspace’ as a result, a self-contained capsule that allows employees privacy to engage in a ‘power siesta’ if you will, to recharge and then carry on with their working day with increased energy. the solution underscores the benefits of short, regenerative sleep for sleep-deprived workers, particularly in today’s demanding corporate workplaces; as studies have proven that 10 to 20 minute naps can do wonders in reducing stress and raise brainpower and productivity.

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‘calmspace’ design by HAWORTH




each ‘calmspace’ unit is comes with a single mattress and is outfitted with a system of pre-set lighting and soundtrack cycles that assist individuals to doze off into a tranquil resting state until they are roused from slumber. the color red is applied to help one fall asleep; while blue is employed to wake them up. additionally, the ‘calmspace’ comes with three different rest sessions: 10-, 15- and 20-minutes.

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the unit comes with three different sleep sessions of 10-, 15- and 20-minutes





the pod concept has been realized in collaboration with french designer marie-virginie berbet, and developed with zyken, a firm that specializes in creating environments which utilize light to influence sleep cycles.

the ‘calmspace’ in the context of an office environment









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