Thanks in part to the advent of technology and the growing popularity of open office floor plans, our working and living spaces are getting noisier than ever. Fortunately, several companies have taken up the challenge of creating quiet chairs that offer some peace and quiet.
One is the result of a collaboration of three business partners: John Lewis, a U.K.-based department store; Quiet Mark, a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising awareness of the negative effects of noise pollution; and Silentium, a company that specializes in active noise-reduction technology.
This Quiet Chair is the first piece of furniture to use active noise-reduction technology. A prototype was stationed at John Lewis’s Birmingham, England, store last year, allowing guests to experience an oasis of peace in a chaotic environment.
Following the same principle, the Offline Chair by Polish design student Agata Nowak takes peace and quiet to the next level. It features not only an acoustically insulated design, but also a special pocket that actively blocks Wi-Fi and cellular signals, allowing you to relax without distractions.
Having a quiet place to get away from it all eliminates the need for noise-canceling headphones or white noise machines. Although neither of these chairs is commercially available, they signal a move toward escaping — even if just for a few minutes — from the seemingly endless hustle and bustle of our daily lives.