HUSH is a brilliant seating pod designed by Freyja Sewell that creates a small tucked away spot anywhere – even in the most crowded cities. A Brighton designer who finished her studies at Nagoya University in Japan, Sewell knows what it’s like to crave a quiet space that makes her feel comforted and safe.
With more people crowding into spaces increasingly absorbed by buildings or shopping malls and airports, many city dwellers have been forced to sacrifice their breathing room.
Rents are high, so people share accommodation, buses are crowded, so are trains, and it’s almost impossible to find a quiet moment with cars rushing by or honking on the street.
Or if you’re in Egypt, the country erupts into spontaneous mass protests every now and then.
Sewell sought to provide a sustainable solution to this very important problem, one that would be available to a wider market. She didn’t want her design to stay stuck in a museum.
Instead, she designed the HUSH seating pod using methods and materials that enable her to commercialize her quirky concept.
It can be used as an open seat made of 100 percent wool felt, or it can be partially closed up, or someone might choose to button it up completely.
Sewell says that with these design, she sought to recreate the feeling of being inside the protective cavity of a womb.
“The ‘womb’ shape inspires very different feelings in different people; to me it is a warm, cosy space, for contemplation and rest,” she says.
There is a catch, however: it costs £2,700 to have the luxury of space. In Egypt, you could get a year-long lease for an apartment with that kind of money.