Sleep Suit Inspired by Dymaxion Sleeping

  • 31 Aug 2011
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© Forrest Jessee

Forrest Jessee has recently unveiled his Sleep Suit inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s practice of Dymaxion Sleeping – 30-minute naps over 24 hours – while simultaneously exploring the materiality requirements to accommodate such a function. Interaction between the human body and the suit is the form generator as well as the threshold medium between the internalized occupant and their immediate surroundings.

© Forrest Jessee

The suit is comprised of structural pleats that serve multiple purposes. The interrelation between the occupant and the surroundings are challenged through the reinterpretation of personal space, and offer opportunity for varying sensations of associated temporality.  The EVA foam pleats ensure the internal environment is breathable, while offering comfortable support for the body in numerous positions. Thus, the main emphasis is that you can take your 30-minute nap in virtually any location, while filtering the immediate surroundings without completely disconnecting the occupant.

© Forrest Jessee

Laser cut from a single sheet of material, this Sleep Suit is easily manufactured, with opportunities for other geometrical forms to be utilized in place of pleats such as honeycomb or corrugations. Currently trying to find an interested manufacturer, the Sleep Suit has applied for a patent.

© Forrest Jessee

This could be the answer to all those all-nighters that students of architecture endure prior to final studio presentations. Why waste time sleeping for 8 hours when you have the Sleep Suit!

Chart © Forrest Jessee

Photographs: Forrest Jessee

Cite: Winstanley, Tim. "Sleep Suit Inspired by Dymaxion Sleeping" 31 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • TigerWould

    Is it April 1st already?

  • jij

    ‘good one’…I mean the above comment. ;-)