The Planet Provides a Tech-Outfitted Refuge of Solitude

12.01.17 | By
The Planet Provides a Tech-Outfitted Refuge of Solitude

Is there anything more of an oxymoron than a “creative open space”? Although promoted by management as the spark to ignite creativity, studies are proving what most creatives always have known: “Forcing creative people to ‘collaborate’ simply blunts their creativity”. Simply put, the creative process require solitude – a need served by MZPA’s The Planet – a miniature multi-functional refuge of privacy for thinking, working, reading, or even just daydreaming.

Unveiled at Paris Design Week, The Planet is outfitted with more than just a physical barrier against intrusion of the senses. The geodesic capsule is made comfortable with a mattress designed to cocoon its occupant from sounds and distractions; storage pockets and shelving, a tablet mount, LED lamp, USB charger, wireless speaker system, and even solar panels for standalone power distinguishes it from just a buffered space – with such a bevy of technology its easy to imagine oneself in their own Mars capsule.

The Planet consists of 4 legs, 30 steel connecting elements, 51 triangular plywood segments, metal triangular cover, screws, leather mattress with filler. Color and fabrics are customizable, alongside optional technological features.

MZPA’s design team envisions The Planet as an ideal solution for privacy for open space offices, on a terrace, dotting hotel lobbies, or used as VIP lounges for all types – anywhere where a little privacy is both welcome and necessary. If space permitted, we wouldn’t mind inviting one into the orbit of our own lives.

Gregory Han is a Senior Editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at