Project team: Andrej Kregar
Project year: 2017
Year of construction: 2018
Website of the client:AIRPOD
In a world of rushing and stressing, many of us have faced the same difficulty relaxing in large public spaces such as airports, bus stations, train stations, and even shopping malls. In these crowded public spaces, there is almost no comfort and privacy.
This exact problem was on the minds of Gregor Mrgole (CEO & co-founder) and Miha Meolic (COO & co-founder) when they approached our industrial design company with the idea of a sleeping pod and asked us to make it into a reality. We immediately started exciting research about the traveling industry and the experiences it already provides to its users.
We began designing the Airpod sleeping pod from inside out, dedicating our full attention to the ergonomic design of the seating furniture. We sketched many arrangements for the seat position, all the hidden compartments for luggage, and amenities in the pod until we found the right one.
Industrial designer Andrej Kregar was the project manager of our design team. The goal was to create an Airpod that would fulfill all the needs of first-class passengers stuck in an airport, but still be affordable for economy class passengers. We did not only aim our attention to the product’s appearance, but we also focused its functionality, sustainability, and the users’ value of experience.
Every amenity inside the pod is the result of a complex industrial design process and thousands of decisions aimed at improving your relaxation experience. We wanted to improve the interior space by making everything easily accessible, so we arranged the storage spaces in such a way that you still have everything near to hand.
We improved the sound system and light effects. By incorporating new high-end technology in a business class seat, we revolutionized the way we listen to music and watch movies. With the new smart-glass technology, we also managed to reduce external noise, so the pod is perfect for working, relaxing or sleeping.
We made the sleeping pod more approachable and very easy to control. You can check the status of your flight on your monitor in real-time, and there is also an alarm function available reminding you to reach your departure gate in time. Airpod has incorporated LED lights and soothing music with healing frequencies that can help you restore sleep, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety, which are common problems encountered in an everyday busy environment. We have added all of these and many more features and utilities in the inside and the outside of the sleeping pod.
Designing it, we focused on using high-end textures and shapes for the pod, so that luxury relaxation can be guaranteed. The merging of ergonomic demands and contemporary design resulted in a shape that does not leave you indifferent.
We sought to create and improve an object that has one purpose and a million purposes at once. What came of our hard work is a top of the line, contemporary designed product that will be placed in the heart of the busiest public spaces, serving as your private sanctuary.
Sleek in design, fully loaded with entertainment features and utilities, it represents the first in the next generation of sleeping pods.