INNOVATIONS FOR BETTER LIVING

Private, well-designed zero distraction units can create better workplaces

Based in Finland — known for being the happiest nation in the world — startup Auma Space should know what it takes to re-invent the way we work when we return to offices again.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
September 29, 2021

A simple 10-minute pause in the middle of a busy day leads to stress reduction, increased engagement, and a boost in productivity. In short, happier and better functioning people, according to Kasimir Kaitue, co-founder of Auma Space. Last spring, they shipped their first units of the first product, Space1 — a visually pleasing and private zero distraction zone, designed for workplaces. The products are designed and manufactured locally and sustainably by carpenters, blacksmiths, and engineers. 

— We created it for organisations that understand the significance of balancing effectiveness with human wellbeing. We have fused millennia-old meditation and breathwork techniques with state-of-the-art technology and modern design to help people supercharge themselves through active mental recovery during the workday. 

The impact of coronavirus counter-measures has accelerated the struggle with mental health issues, isolation, and work-life balance. Everyone would benefit from a power pause and, according to Kaitue, Auma Space gives you a less philosophical and more practical approach to give you that extra space your mind needs. 

— Since the outbreak of the pandemic, he says, 75 % of people say they feel more socially isolated, 67 % of people report higher stress, 57 % are feeling greater anxiety, and 53 % say they feel more emotionally exhausted. We believe it is time to re-invent the way we work and live when we return to offices again. Well-being should be part of every organisation’s DNA and aimed for social good. Workspaces and office culture should prevent fatigue and focus on brain ergonomics and through that, there would be positive gains in personal performances. Simply put, work-life should care for you.

This is #20 on our list with 25 Innovations for better living from Scandinavian MIND Issue 2

1. Here’s the first furniture brand to publish their climate footprint
2. Unique Bio2 textile can make a change in our polluted world
3. Patented technology can turn the eyewear industry circular
4. Filtration technology saves you from hidden pollution at home
5. This Swedish collective launches line with skincare for objects
6. Powder to liquid wash can change personal care as we know it
7. This household product line cleans with all-natural sugar surfactants
8. Spinnova’s textile fibre might be the world’s most groundbreaking
9. Here’s how AI can be used to create your ultimate personal scent
10. Design brand Verk takes local production one — big — step further
11. CAKE is here to challenge the status quo for motorbikes
12. This solar cell can be powered by ordinary indoor light
13. Revolutionary reusable sanitary protection is about to hit the market
14. A green version of the super-material graphene transforms the industry
15. Groundbreaking recyling app teams up with the world’s leading brands
16. This Finnish eco-design brand’s toilet is made of wood
17. Cleantech scaleup aims to liberate the world from harmful energy
18. Post-consumer textiles and wood cellulose become new sustainable fibre
19. How charging members a small monthly fee challenges the linear retail industry

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