Sleep Suit
Prototype and Textile Technology

        The project attempts to challenge the idea of personal space in relationship to the human body and its surrounding environment. It is inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s practice of Dymaxion Sleeping, which involves four 30-minute naps over a period of 24 hours, and explores the material requirements for such conditions. Architecturally, the very close relationship between the human body and the suit acts as the generator of form as well as tool to negotiate between the occupant and his or her surroundings. The structure of the material, a structural pleat, is used as a means to create feelings of connected and disconnectedness, provide varying levels of support where the user needs it the most, and allow constant airflow between the inside and outside of the suit. By thinking of the cut pattern as sections of the body, the suit can act as a semi-permeable, transportable and adjustable cocoon. The sleep suit supports the body in all the right places and at the same time both filters and acknowledges its surroundings and occupant, providing a sound 30 minute nap in a variety of different positions and environments.
        Photo Credit Jessee Designs

The sleep suit borrows fabrication methods from fashion and structural concepts from architecture.
The combined techniques of pleating and triangulation create a three dimensional, structural textile that supports the body.
Cut layers of EVA foam adopt the profile of the human body and surround it in layers.