January 13, 2011
Veuve Clicquot’s Jetlag Sleeping Capsule
…And it doesn’t involve champagne!
The ‘Jetlag Sleeping Capsule’ was recently featured in Veuve Clicquot’s “Once Upon a Dream” exhibit at DesignMiami. It was created by designer Mathieu Lehanneur, who studied the research of sleep specialists to design a space that provides what is said to be the perfect sleeping environment by touch, sight, smell and sound.
The one-of-a-kind sleep capsule promises that for every 20 minutes spent sleeping inside it, 1 hour of jet lag is erased, and if 1 hour is spent inside it, the side effects of 3 hours of jet lag would disappear. It provides ideal sleeping conditions from the right temperature to the right lighting. There is a hanging live plant powered with a low current running though it that acts as a dimmer when touched.
The capsule was commissioned by the champagne house in anticipation of the re-opening of the Hôtel du Marc in Reims, France. It is a private mansion where Veuve Clicquot plays host to as many as 3,000 overnight guests, who travel the world to visit its head quarters where its world famous champagne is created. The idea is to include the innovative capsule in its renovation of the mansion which is scheduled to re-open in September 2011. In the house’s garden, guests will be entertained in a “Gloriette”, a reinterpretation of the 19th Century kiosks in an attempt to re-create the way people used to enjoy the garden back in 1840 when the mansion was originally built.
The Hôtel du Marc is the first historical monument in France to undergo such a high level of environmental quality improvements. The most efficient renewable energy techniques available are being used to ensure that the mansion operates on 85% of renewable energy and 15% natural gas. It also ensures that all of the Country’s strict historical guidelines are met as all of the changes will be hidden from sight.