Furniture: no smartphones allowed – the Offline chair
Every morning millions of people around the world wake up to the beeping of an alarm set on their phones. They wake up, dazed, and grab the object from their bedside table. After a quick run through of the night’s notifications, they get up and go about their rituals.
Post-shower; What’s the weather going to be today? The weather app knows. Any important news or messages? Check for that too. Eventually they make it to the door, doing a quick mental check as they step out: PKW, phone, keys, wallet. Everything’s looking good, how about some tunes for the commute.
The smartphone is omnipresent itch constantly gnawing from its place in a pocket, or purse, or desktop. An average user unlocks their phone upwards of 110 times per day, with some reaching numbers as high as 900+ per day.
Any spare moment: standing in line at starbies, avoiding eye contact with that stranger — read: psycho — who smiled at you kindly, is spent scrolling Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. There’s no escape, until people realize that just because they do it everyday, doesn’t mean its normal.
But sometimes even staring face-to-face with the issue isn’t quite enough. Insert ‘Offline chair’, by Polish product and furniture designer Agata Nowak. The piece is designed specifically to break the addiction of smartphone use. A specially made pocket is the seat’s main feature, which blocks all mobile and WI-FI signals. Simply sit down, place phone in sleeve, and relax. Hear that? That’s what quiet sounds like.