Furniture Inspired By Nature Fights Insomnia

Cocooning is a biomimicry exercise for the ITP program at NYU that uses modern comfort and design to create physical calm in a chaotic world.

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Cocooning is a set of creative ways to find comfort. As her graduate thesis for the Tisch School of the Arts, Filipa Tomaz, wanted to address what she sees as an obsession with sleep or, rather, sleeplessness.

Each of the objects in her collection of household furniture draws inspiration from nature in order to encourage the human body into a state of calmness. She chose forms that would be commonplace within our modern habitat, such as pillows or a cradle-like chair, and installed mechanisms designed to promote relaxation. The cradle emits the white-noise sounds of the ocean and rocks gently, while the pillow measures the body’s heart rate and vibrates softly until it senses a normalized rhythm.

Click through the images below to see more of the designs.

Filipa Tomaz, originally from Lisbon, Portugal, describes her goal in Cocooning:

Since stress is one of the main causes of sleep disorders, ‘Cocooning’ proposes to address specific responses our bodies have to stress and address those reactions with calming mechanisms.

Being an insomniac and a designer I created objects that I want to have around me with which I can interact in a physical/visceral way, and that will teach me to relax and be drawn to a calm/rest state, ultimately restoring my circadian rhythm.

See the project’s video-synopsis below:

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