Architects Making Weird Stuff:

I think I may be the last person to learn about the Ostrich Pillow. Made by architects for everyone who wants to take a nap, the Ostrich Pillow generated 75K in Kickstarter Funds last fall and may be on its way to becoming a mainstay in next fall’s studio equipment list. Bring your Olfa, your laptop, and your Ostrich….

I love that the online campaign and slick video have whipped up some buzz about this over-sized, garlic-shaped head-womb, and find myself applauding the gumption of the architects (Kawamura Ganjavian) to throw themselves so wholeheartedly behind the act of napping, or conversely, being sleep deprived.

While Lizzie posted a great bit about architects and sleep a few weeks ago, when I came across the Ostrich Pillow, it got me thinking about how to answer the question, “What does an architect do?” (besides trying not to yawn).

For the general public (like my Aunt Claire) architects go around making buildings. Yet, as you and I know, when you’re in the thick of it, it’s really impossible to say exactly what an architect does…in a short or precise way. Yes we make buildings, but we just as often write books, give talks, design clothes, make drawings, give you cooking advice, and take naps to make up for the two all-nighters we pulled last week.

For me, my love affair with architecture has never been just one thing: it’s all about knowing a little bit of everything and always thinking about how to take some abstract idea/feeling/or inspiration and make it into something real and material. For the architects Kawamura Ganjavian, it’s the creation of a tiny respite: a one-of-a-kind squishy dark place to rest your hands and head.


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