by Julius WiedemannNov 17, 2020
With the ongoing pandemic having certainly steadily influenced work from home trends, shifting them toward the mainstream and transforming “remote working” into a need and norm, designers have continued to innovate to make this shift more mindful and holistic for the people. Locked indoors, as several remote working enterprises struggle with the lack of outdoors in routine, the therapeutic and recreational effects of natural avenues even on the day-to-day basis are being realised. 'Studypod' by design studio Livit from Norway seeks to merge the two essentials whilst trying to retain an additional degree of flexibility, both spatial and mobility-wise in its design and usage.
While acknowledging the surge in digital remote working scenarios in the wake of the pandemic, the designers at Livit have also tried to address the loss of productivity, focus, and possibly lethargy that has resulted from extended work from home scenarios. Studypod is thus touted by Livit to be the “perfect work from home solution”, allowing one to “truly focus and get inspired by the nature around”.
The pod boasts of a high quality prefabricated design that dwells on modularity. Shaped like a cuboid with rounded edges, the pod is finished in a matte texture, with an entire face made up of tinted black glass, head to bottom, that serves as the viewing face of the pod. Seated inside this “zen, minimalistic” space, one can experience expansive natural views in a single direction from where the pod is placed: your backyard, garden, or even terrace, making one feel like working in the outdoors, yet being sheltered. Its interior dimensions measure just over 2m x 1.8m, making it functional enough on the inside, having just the right amount of space, while also being small enough to fit almost all places. This enables Studypod to also be used as an affordable on-site office solution for projects that require hands-on involvement.
Being a modular product, Studypod comes in four variants that patrons can choose from, derived from attachable and detachable accessory options. An optional desk makes it the perfect companion for your work from home schedule, while leaving the options for the space to be used as a yoga room, annex, or a space for your hobbies to be fostered. The interior of the Studypod can even fit in a full king size bed, adding to the available space in your house as a temporary guest house or hangout space for the kids. The other option boasts of heavy duty lockable wheels to add extra, easy mobility to the pod. Weighing in at approximately 700 kg, the construction of the pod is composite but sturdy. Having a single ‘opening’ only for its entrance door, it is naturally ventilated through vents with adjustable airflow, and comes bearing a single electrical socket and a switch that lights up its simple four-dowlighter electrical scheme.
"Our goal at Livit is to create amazing experiences for people, and the Studypod is something we think can truly add value to people’s everyday lives, by giving them breathing space without distractions, where they can focus and get close to nature," states designer Torstein Aa with Livit. The Studypod follows another successful product from Livit, called the Birdbox adventure cabin that is built on a similar concept of modular detachment and mobility for the nomadic soul.
The Studypod retails at 11,900 Euros for the base model.
Internal dimensions: W 2.15 x L 1.8 x H 2.1 m
Weight: Approx 700 kg
Options: Detachable desk, Optional wheels
Foundation: 4 x cube legs C/C: 1300 x 1500
Ventilation: Natural ventilation, adjustable airflow
Glass: Black tinted hardened glass
Electrical: 4 x downlights, 1 x socket, 1 x lightswitch
Floor: Oak laminate