Brussels-based designer Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte has created a cork helmet that the wearer can use by pulling it down whenever they need some distance from ambient noise.
Chosen for its insulating properties, the cork is designed to resemble a bell jar that covers the user's entire head and neck and blocks out all surrounding sounds.
Although there are designs that protect people from the sun and improve their appearance, it is wanted to emphasize that today we are surrounded by noise pollution, there is nothing for our ears. “When you get tired of the noise from time to time, you may need something like a break to escape from where you are,” the designer said.
When necessary, the user stands directly under the hood and uses the ropes to lower the helmet over his head. The product includes two curved sections on each side for a snug fit over the shoulders.
Vandeputte's Cork Helmet was featured as part of the Belgian Village exhibition at the Ventura Lambrate district in Milan during the 2015 Salone del Mobile furniture fair.
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