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OTO the hugging chair

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A chair protecting users from sensory overload and providing a safe space for autistic individuals

Oto The Hugging Chair is a chair with inner walls that can apply deep pressure on the chest or legs. This allows the user to focus on sensory information and reduce tension, particularly helpful for people with autism. The aim of the chair is to be used autonomously in order to make users respond to their own sensory needs, whilst a tablet can also be connected to the chair if needed. The upholstery of the chair provides a muffled acoustic, helping users focus on their own body and isolate themselves from the outside world.

Alexia Audrain

  • Alexia Audrain

    Alexia Audrain

    L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique

    Cabinetmaker and designer, trained at the School of Design in Nantes, my 8 years of workshop experience have helped me to balance aesthetics and feasibility to focus on people needs and their uses. I have designed OTO, an armchair that meets the hugging needs of autistic people. This prototype integrates an innovative mechanism in an aesthetic piece of furniture. The hugging chair has been designed for and by its users to create a product that is useful, usable and utilized. more

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