Hypnos by Sto Werkstatt, Hassell and Draisci Studio 21.05.15

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Hassell and Draisci Studio have designed cocoon-like sleeping pods as part of their Clerkenwell Design Week collaboration with Sto Werkstatt, in a comment about the hectic nature of an increasingly connected world

Architect Hassell and designer Francesco Draisci have examined the architecture of sleep for their Clerkenwell collaboration with Sto Werkstatt's east London showroom.

The design, which features enveloping loops of felt hanging from timber frames, like rows of geometric cocoons, was inspired by the drive to make a statement about human wellbeing and the need to take pleasure in activity, particularly in a climate where everyone is perpetually doing something, either on- or offline.

"We're always working, eating, tweeting, keeping fit, socialising, drinking," says Hassell UK/Europe practice leader Julian Gitsham. "The idea is that the exhibition space is filled with objects that simultaneously soothe and disrupt the visitor's senses." Draisci, whose designs for the Berlin launch of Nike's Flyknit Lunar 2 trainer last year similarly played with the idea of spaces for reflection, took the opportunity to explore how Sto's architectural materials could be used to encourage physical and mental withdrawal.

"Distinct products are chosen for their acoustic properties and for their capacity to dissipate smell," Draisci explains. "The aim is to create natural comfort in a subliminal way."

Hypnos runs between 19-21, May at Sto Werkstatt, 7-9 Woodbridge Street, EC1R 0LL



Laura Snoad

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