If you’ve ever dealt with jet lag or insomnia, you just might decide Mathieu Lehanneur is your new best friend, especially if you are heading to the Hôtel du Marc after his Once Upon a Dream sleep capsules are in place late next year. Veuve Clicquot, the official champers of Design Miami, brought the capsule to the fair a few weeks ago, enticing the curious into its soothing confines. The bed-built-for-one has a timer that can be set to achieve your ideal temperature, ambient light, sound level and mood.
There’s research behind the design, and the materials and colors purportedly are calibrated to help people rapidly recover and adapt to new surroundings during travel that would normally bring about jet lag. The philosophy behind the capsule is based mostly on the work of Dr. Alain Nicola, a sleep disorder specialist in France. Lehanneur and his team used the doctor’s precepts, such as “going to sleep is like stepping off into another state, shifting down into consciousness by successive stages,” as inspiration
After a few nights on the party circuit in Miami, I needed only a slight nudge to slip inside and recline on the uber-soft perch. Had Lehanneur not been so eagerly awaiting to talk about his high-tech, super luxe design, I would have been hard-pressed to leave!