For Those In Need Of Some Quiet Time!

January 10, 2012

We received a lovely Happy New Year message this morning from Mariana at HI-MACS in Switzerland, we love getting emails from Mariana as they usually contain the latest projects that HI-MACS have been featured in, thankfully today we were not disappointed. Mariana has sent us info on the new “SleepBox”, a highly attractive and chic piece of furniture that has been designed by Caspar Lohner.

SleepBox represents a contemporary and organic piece of furniture, designed for the demands of an increasingly urbanized environment. A sinuous life-sized object which creates a place of comfort and relaxation within airports, offices or other semi-public spaces, providing peace and quiet in busy urban environments. The solid, smooth and uniform shell is made of HI-MACS®, and contains a leather covered mattress.

Caspar Lohner was in charge of each stage – from design to fabrication – of his first project using Solid Surfaces. He was both managing the project but also producing it with a team of students from the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich with constant assistance of Kläusler Acrylstein, who supported with their expertise and technical resources. “Every day was a challenge for me, but when something didn’t work, we tried and tried again until it was resolved. I learnt a lot about HI-MACS® fabrication possibilities thanks to this project” says the designer.

The necessary MDF moulds were produced on a three axis CNC milling machine at ETH Zürich’s in-house facilities Raplab. The flat HI-MACS sheets then were thermoformed into shape using a vacuum membrane press. After the material cools down it exhibits the same properties as before and can be further processed in a similar way to wood. The eleven individual pieces were finally glued together to create a single seamless homogeneous object.

We love the concept behind SleepBox but for us this is definitely a “BrainBox”, I could easily see this put in our office and used as a quiet place to do some lone brainstorming or meditation, a haven away from all the hustle & bustle, this is a very cool piece of kit but should perhaps think of  a new name so as it is not confused with the other Sleepbox that we previously covered on our blog.

SleepBox will be exhibited from 17th to 21th January at Swissbau 2012.


Design: Caspar Lohner

Fabrication: Kläusler Acrylstein AG

Supervision: Mathias Bernhard, Manuel Kretzer

Photos: Manuel Kretzer

Material: HI-MACS®, Nordic White 12mm