A Student Has Designed An Isolation Pod So She Can Take A Nap Anywhere

The perfect item for every student. Not to mention stressed-out workers.

1. This is the Nutshell, “a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking.”

2. It has been designed by Eden Lew, an MFA student at New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA).

3. The savvy designer told BuzzFeed News that the pod came about from a class where students were tasked to redesign the first piece of trash they threw out.

I threw out a sandwich wrapper and began to think about topics related to food, lunch and time. A fellow classmate introduced me to the Slow Food movement, which I started to interpret a little differently.
As a student I’m always looking for the quickest meal to avoid stopping my workflow. I decided that if I’m going to spend five minutes or less eating a lunch, then I might as well use that five minutes to take a mental break.
Thus the Nutshell was created to block out distractions and to focus on eating and thinking.

5. The Nutshell is a collapsible, wearable device that is all about “promoting the psychological benefits of solitude.”


Eden’s project then went further to create Nutshell Labs, offering wellbeing products and services like meditation workshops to companies.

6. Eden said these Nutshells are the second and third prototypes, but are not for wider sale…yet.

Eden Lew / productsofdesign.sva.edu / Instagram


I haven’t thought about the ability to develop and expand it yet. But I have requests from my classmates to create a transparent Nutshell for people to eat fragrant meals during class without letting the food smells distract from lectures.

8. Eden added: “I think the Nutshell has to be used in a safe environment around comfortable people.”


I’m not sure about [wearing the Nutshell] on planes or transport, but office spaces and studios/small classrooms are viable places to wear them.”

10. Her friends have been willing guinea pigs so far, sneaking naps under and on top of desks.

Eden Lew

Eden Lew

  1. Would You Wear A Nutshell At Work/Uni?
    1. Erm, hell yeah. Get me one now. So sleepy.
    2. No thanks. I’ll just sleep/cry in the bathroom like a normal person.

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