Working in the design world can be extremely competitive and cutthroat. With the pressure for constant innovation, competition, long workdays, and comparatively lower pay, a designer's workday can often be overwhelming. But some overworked, overstressed designers have attempted to make the workplace a little more pleasant, with felt cocoons (for napping), desks that double as beds, and wearable pillows.
Unfortunately these cute, well-intentioned products look ... absurd. Though their promises of comfort, tranquility, and respite are surely attractive, their designs are unrealistic for real workplaces (unless you work at Google), and the people in the ads look downright ridiculous! Here, we take a look at what happens when tireless labor and homelike serenity meet.
When the eight hours you spent Photoshopping away Beyoncé's possible baby-bump have gotten the best of you, the OSTRICH pocket pillow by kawamura-ganjavian provides a private hideaway for you to plop your forehead flat on your desk, block out the world completely, and sulk a bit. With your head sheltered by a cozy cave of cushion, you'll look as adorable as an Ewok on Star Wars while having an existential crisis. But remember, just because you can't see your boss as you sob in portable solitude, does not mean that your boss can't see you!
Constructed out of biodegradable felt by Freya Sewell, "Hush" is a bed-slash-human cocoon-slash-oversized dumpling-slash-possible imitation of a certain body part that has us wondering if anyone has actually purchased this superfluous space for their workplace. Like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, now you can rest your computer-drained bloodshot eyes and reemerge as a real live person again! However, we'd like to point out, if you are going to spend your money on one of these placid pods, please invest in a set of office PJs. That painfully hip romper is sure to be graced by wrinkles and drool, and girl, that's not cool.
"I mean, with the rent in Brooklyn going through the roof these days, I might as well move into my office. I spend all my time there anyway." This seems to be the message that Studio NL is implying with the 1.6 SM of Life desk.
According to a report by Yahoo Education (we swear it's legit), Graphic Design is the second best career field for introverts. Perhaps Belgian team Nilsson Pfugfelder saw this little fact when they designed the Verbandkammer, an all-in-one workplace, shelving system, and sleeping quarters. This sleek, geometric structure can be disassembled and rearranged in a variety of ways to give you a variety of comfortable work and sleep options, and is the perfect way to tell your friends "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE." Although, from the supremely stand-offish armored appearance of the Verbandkammer, we're not sure if they'd want to come looking for you.