Sometimes, the traffic noises, television, bright lights and frenetic activity of the outside world gets to be too much, and you just want to close yourself up in a dark, cozy space to get away from it all. Perhaps a giant skull isn’t the most relaxing and comforting shape imaginable for that space, but in this case, it’s an apt metaphor for escaping into your own mind.
The Sensory Deprivation Skull by Dutch design firm Atelier Van Lieshout features two large doors that open out to reveal an ergonomically curved, sheepskin-lined space. Shutting out the distractions of the surrounding environment, it offers a peaceful getaway for napping or daydreaming.
The design firm calls the object purely sculptural, but it clearly has a valuable use. Just add a light, and you’ve got a handy reading nook. It takes a slightly less extreme approach to sensory deprivation than an object like the ridiculous-looking Ostrich Pillow, a cushioned head cover that blocks out stimuli so you can nap anywhere.