Anyone who has ever been stuck at an airport overnight has likely wished for a private, comfortable space to catch some shut-eye in the midst of all the chaos. A mat that folds up entirely flat but can be manipulated into all sorts of different shapes offers just that. The RESMO by Chien-Hui Ko is a piece of portable folding furniture designed specifically for ‘camping involuntarily at the airport.’
Envisioned as a versatile, low-cost option that airport operators can offer to sleepy delayed passengers, the RESMO is easy to use, transport and store. A series of tabs and straps can transform it from a flat surface to a recliner in seconds, and a built-in head shield helps create some privacy in busy open spaces.
Multiple units can be hooked together into benches or larger beds to create family zones in open areas designated by the airport. Made of a heavy-duty felt, it has soundproofing capabilities to help reduce background noise. The design won a Red Dot Award for Design Concept 2014.
“RESMO is an innovative foldable piece of furniture. It has three modes: a sitting-, lying- and storage-mode. The inspiration of RESMO comes from passengers with long waiting times in airports.”
“From this a concept arises that combines a comfortable resting possibility with a space-saving design. The concept also provides a private element to create some privacy in a public space. RESMO helps stressed passengers to get sufficient relaxation from their tired journey. RESMO stands for simplicity, comfort and good mood. RESMO is trying to reach a new level of modern furniture – contemporary, space saving and stylish. Beside airports, RESMO also is suitable for other occasions for example at home, on the terrace or outdoors.”
About the designer, Chien-Hui Ko:
“I am a product designer based in Berlin. In my projects the user is the starting point for my research and development. It makes the products more ergonomic, intuitive and user friendly. I am experienced in various projects, like furniture for public place and home, electronic products, e-mobility, kitchen ware and interface design. Furthermore, I always have the goal to integrate the culture of the user into my design for a better experience. I also aim for a high sustainability of the products.”