By Mashable – Anyone who says they basically live at the office now has an excuse to make that a reality.
While taking a quick snooze under one’s desk used to mean laying on the floor in the fetal position hoping nobody finds you, one design student has changed the game.
Aqil Anindhityo is a second-year design student at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. He is also the creator of Schnap — “a nap in a snap” — which is a comfortable hammock that can be hung under a table or desk.
“The inspiration came from most of the design students in my university,” Aqil told Mashable in an email. “To some extent, I could say that I’m an ambitious person and I need full concentration and focus to work on my projects. One of the ways to focus and not procrastinate is to work at school. My university is open for 24 hours in the winter semester, and I met a lot of friends that stayed overnight to work on their projects.”
Thus, the idea was born.
IMAGE: AQIL ANINDHITYO
The concept was conceived in conjunction with a five-week long school assignment. While Aqil initially spent four weeks on various other potential projects, the idea for Schnap came to him in the final week of the assignment.
It took one week to create, from idea to final product.
When Aqil presented his nap on-the-go design to the class, he got to make real use of his design for the first time.
“After I presented my product to the class, the professor asked me, ‘Is there anything else you’d like us to know?’ I said, ‘No, I think I’m done, I just need some sleep,'” Aqil said. “At this point I wasn’t thinking or referring to my product at all. But then he told me, ‘Great! Now you can actually use your product.’ He knew I barely slept for a week so I set everything up and used my product right away!”
While Schnap is not yet available for purchase, Aqil is looking for investors and people to help with marketing and mass production.