Nap Chair

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The Design V studio is using the airport as the site throughout this semester, so I decided to design an object that would be a positive sensory experience and address a problem. During layovers of significant time, one might want to take a nap out of exhaustion or boredom, but fear oversleeping and missing the flight. The sketch below is a Nap Chair that incorporates a few aspects of the human sensory experience that could benefit anyone wanting to take a nap in the airport.

The overall form curves to envelop you, making you feel safe and secure though airports can be a profoundly public space. The chair is very plush and padded for comfort. These are simple tactile moves that serve to calm and reassure a person. To address a person’s fear of oversleeping, the Nap Chair is equipped with an alarm system you can set to play a prerecorded noise or dock an mp3 player to start playing your own music at the set time.

This gets into the sound sensory component. With a dock for your mp3 player, you can have it playing while you nap if desired. Nap chairs would be implemented throughout airport terminals in soundproofed rooms to block out the noise from the terminal. The alarm system controls can be set to play a prerecorded noise or something from your mp3 player. You can also choose to have the alarm without noise, if, for example, you wish to use your cell phone as your alarm.

Next, a scent component is built into each Nap Chair. When you lean back your chair to begin your nap, the Nap Chair emits a jasmine scent, which Sally Augustin says in her book Place Advantage enhances the quality of sleep when smelled during sleep. This would hopefully leave you feeling more rested when you wake. About five minutes before your alarm is set to go off, it will subtly begin to switch to a peppermint scent, which Augustin says is energizing. Finally, when your alarm goes off, the peppermint scent increases to energize you as you get ready to go back to your terminal.

The nap chair enhances your touch, sound, and smell senses to create a better sensory experience. Each one would have to be in its own small room to prevent scents and/or sounds from mixing. In addition the above senses, the lights in these rooms would dim when you lean the chair back, a signal of beginning your nap.

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