It is by no surprise the country that brought us Hercules, Greek yogurt, and baklava has now, also brought us one of the most exciting beta tests in furniture history a napping desk! A Greek design firm specializing an modern and out of the box design, Studio NL developed this prototype; it blends professionalism and self-preservation seamlessly to do exactly what you’d expect it to, creates a safe comfortable place with in your compact professional environment to take a snooze.
You may be thinking what’s the big deal, this is not a new concept, my roommate in college had a loft bed over her desk. Or you may even be remember that Ikea bed you had as a middle school student with a built-in desk/bed (you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began), but this is different this is a camouflaged convertible furnishing. With a few simple adjustments this perfectly functional desk can be turned into a private horizontal resting space. The desk has a soft cot like outer wall that folds down for a spongy resting surface while the side of the desk tilts back for an inclined headrest.
So far we have explored the who and the what and as exciting as all of that is this prototype is not very exciting unless there is a reason to use it, that brings us to the why. Why was this glorious piece of office furniture dreamed into existence and the answer is science. In recent
years studies have delved deep into quality productivity, how to get the most desired results from the most unpredictable aspect of the company’s assets, its employees. These scientific studies have confirmed what any good manager could have told you; without rest and recharge time employee performances sufferer. Now this does not include a full on lunchroom pow-wow with colored mats and blankets over the course of an hour or two, but 10- 20 min as recommended by everyone from WebMD to Forbes.
Majorly innovative companies, like Google and Apple have long been in the business of pampering their employees with out of the box work environments that include recreation areas and nap pods in an effort to arouse creative juice flow. Now this thought process is trickling down to included into the average office environment into the conversation. This focus on all over lowered stress levels correlating with higher productivity is a direction that corporate America has slowly been leaning towards with things like flex-time and 4 day work weeks that favor 10 hour work day instead of the traditional 9-5/5 days a weeks.
Unfortunately the office wide naptime might still be a few more years away. This design was actually released in 2012 and even now, 3 years later the fledgling design is just that, it is not due out for release or mass production anytime soon. Although I’m sure with all of the attention that this prototype has receive recently combined with thing like the privacy pod, which were one of the most popular features from Neocon this year, nappy stations will not be too far off from a standard office staple. Thank you Studio NL for starting to bring our dreams into reality.
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