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Solace a challenge to design a pod that can be used to create a silent and isolated environment for individuals to spend time in it by reading, working, or sleeping.

Reading is almost an involuntary action that any literate person performs, even if it may be as basic as reading the news on your mobile device to read books obsessively. Reading has transformed from analog form to digital to now, even podcasts, with audios that read to you.

While content can be consumed in, either way, the state of mind in which a reader is, is what determines the effectiveness of the activity. A preoccupied mind refuses to take in new information and similarly, outward distractions can hinder the effectiveness of reading where one can read the same line multiple times with nothing registering in their minds.

For avid readers, hindrances caused by internal or external reasons have the capability to upset their routine and alter their mental health as well. Sources suggest that it might be adaptive or pathological anxiety that pushes people to feel like, once they’ve lost the habits that used to comfort them, they cannot get back to it.

How can the stress from not being able to read in a cozy ambiance be alleviated?

The need for a cocoon of privacy

Out of the many structures we build for work, most are designed to foster social interaction and team building, and so on, but when it comes to creating private spaces, there is a lack of forethought. Such spaces are necessary to help clear their mind or have a quiet introspective time, be it for reading, meditating, or even taking a nap.

The design of such spaces in work environments or institutions must be given priority. A general lack of such spaces discourages people from taking time out to relax, from their busy schedules. Providing a space for such people, that can be used when needed and compact enough to be transported or carried with, would be a lifesaver.

While there have been a few products in the market that are able to facilitate visual privacy as a temporary means of isolation, they are solutions that fail to cover the audio factor. The idea of taking required private time in our busy schedules each day will be able to gain traction with the availability of products that can help us take this time most conveniently.

 

Winners:

TaleBox

Victor Deng, Valerie Victoria, and Liberty Chapman

 

TaleBox is a reading pod aimed to provide comfort while eliminating distractions for its users.

People’s Choice Awards:

Ethereal

The idea of ETHEREAL is to create that space where people will sit, relax, read and enjoy. The homely cocoon formed by the petals of ETHEREAL will be a magical retreat – away from the bustling city life. The design of the ETHEREAL pod is inspired by the story of Flowers and Bees. The idea is simple – ETHEREAL pods allow you to enjoy your personal space.

 

Editor’s Choice:

Mellow

H.O.M.E

E.G.G.

 

Explore the entire result on the competition WEBSITE.

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