CONCRETIZING THOUGHT: OYLER & WU'S MEDITATION PODS
These days there seems to be equipment designed to for any kind of physical activity, but some innovative designers are fashioning tools for a mental activity, meditation. Industry’s own OylerWu Collaborative, a duo of Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, teamed up with lifestyle app, Headspace, to create meditation pods that bring the act of meditation into the physical plane.
Headspace, after amassing five million users in the past 6 years, seeks to incorporate mindful, contemplative principles into different aspects of peoples’ day-to-day lives.
“We’re continually striving to create the most compelling invitation for people to practice meditation,” explains the app's co-founder Rich Pierson.
Oyler & Wu cleverly overcame a number of challenges this project presented; they strove to achieve that perfect balance between relaxation and rest, which must be intimate without being claustrophobic. The pods feature rippling interiors of plywood, giving them the look of a personal hive space; a built-in screen displays the various Headspace exercises and techniques.
According to Pierson, such pods will first be tested at headquarters, but he’s received requests from galleries and music venues.
“Initially we are envisioning the pods in public places,” says Pierson, "We'd love to see them in people's homes or gardens should that be beneficial to their meditation practice and they feel inspired aesthetically by the structure of the pod.”