HUSH: A Seating Pod that Creates Privacy Anywhere

HUSH, Freyja Sewell, recycled materials, design, seatingHUSH 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.

HUSH, Freyja Sewell, recycled materials, design, seating

There are 31 megacities around the world, or cities that have a population of over 10 million people, and three of them are in the Middle East: Cairo, Istanbul and Tehran.

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.

HUSH, Freyja Sewell, recycled materials, design, seating

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.

:: Design-Milk

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2 thoughts on “HUSH: A Seating Pod that Creates Privacy Anywhere”

  1. Holly Barry says:

    I love the idea. Especially for children sharing rooms. But the price point is too high. And being made out of wool? There is a lot of children allergic to that, like my kids. Awesome idea though!

  2. Elle says:

    This is a wonderful and ingenious design. When I was a child I would climb into the closet and sit under the hanging clothes to be alone and have quiet. I could hear people call me, but I was alone and safe. What a glorious feeling. Actually, I did it until I was 30! People crave silence and personal space everywhere in our world. This design is brilliant. However, at 2700EU it’s rather expensive. That’s over $3500 for a chair, albeit a very special chair, but still it’s a chair. I’d buy one at $1000-$1500 price point, but not $3500. Work on bringing the cost down with sacrificing the design and you’ll have a wide target market. In the USA they could become a staple for a child’s room. Children are small, like the interior of the chair. They love to hide. And now mom knows where they are hiding.

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