It’s a perfect example of function over form. It’s great for those long flights across the ocean and those layovers in the airport. It’s a head-sized space for a power nap. It’s the Ostrich Pillow.
Here’s a description from the press release by designers kawamura-ganjavian and Studio Banana Things:
Ostrich Pillow offers a microenvironment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow, nor cushion, bed or garment, but a bit of each, all at the same time. It’s soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates both your head and hands, perfect for a power nap. You can use the Ostrich Pillow at your desk, on a bench, on the train or while you wait at the airport to catch a flight. In fact, you can use the Ostrich Pillow whenever and wherever you feel like a nap is needed.
Now watch it in action, because the above paragraph just doesn’t do it justice:
The architecture and design studio kawamura-ganjavian is made up of a team of cross-cultural creative types. They seem like the kind of people who wonder how to make a better mousetrap and come up with a new kind of cheese. Among others, they are
Pablo Carrascal, from Spain, studied in Spain and Mexico
Maki Portilla Kawamura, Spanish-Japanese, studied in London, worked in Spain and Switzerland
Amir Afshar, British-Iranian, studied and works in London
Mónica Mejía, Colombian, studied in Colombia, USA, and Spain, works in Paris
Cornelia Tapparelli, Swiss-Italian, studied in Lausanne and Zurich, works in Lausanne
Other products from kawamura-ganjavian include the Twist&Brush, a toothbrush for travelers that has a built-in toothpaste dispenser, and Eat with Your Fingers, a knife-spoon-and-fork set that fits on the ends of your fingers.
I think the Ostrich Pillow is a great idea, but I’m just not daring enough to be the first one on my block to use one. So how about you go first and make it a trend? (It’s currently available by donation through Kickstarter. ) I’ll be right behind you.
[photo from Studio Banana Things, used with permission]
2 thoughts on “Get Your Head out of the Sand . . . and into a Pillow”
That’s a cool idea! Sure could use that when I board an airplane.
Thanks, Ryan. I’m thinking it would help on the plane for those times when the only position for sleeping that’s left is resting my head on the seat-back tray.