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This article was published on January 26, 2012

    The Ostrich Pillow: An essential item for anyone who enjoys a nap

    The Ostrich Pillow: An essential item for anyone who enjoys a nap Image by: Photographer:Alfonso Herranz
    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    Ah, the legend of an afternoon nap. We’ve all been there, especially when a previous evening’s activities catch up with us while we’re at work trying to focus on getting things done.

    Updated below with comment from the pillow designer.

    Past attempts at grabbing some shut eye from your desk were fraught with issues — mainly around comfort — but there is a proposed solution, and it comes in the shape of the Ostrich pillow.

    Combining the benefits of a bed and pillow, the Ostrich takes us one step closer to being able to grab some sleep at work, or other places away from the warmth of our bed. Here’s what Kawamura-Ganjavian, the studio that designed it had to say:

    It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.

    Unfortunately, there’s bad news, the pillow is not currently available for purchase. I’d certainly welcome an all-guns-blazing campaign to raise awareness of the product, but perhaps we can start by dropping a note to encourage the designed to put this product into commercial existence – a contact form can be found on its website.

    The Madrid and Lausanne-based organisation is quite the innovator, and its other projects include a twisted toothbrush, toilet-seat inspired chair and speaker wall.

    Update: We reached out to Kawamura-Ganjavian and the company confirmed that the pillow is not yet available, but things could change soon:

    For the moment Ostrich Pillow is not yet in production, we are still in conversations with a manufacturer.

    ➤ The Ostrich pillow by Kawamura-Ganjavian | via Seward Inc