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Ford designs noise-proof kennels for noise-hating dogs

Photo credit: Ford Europe

Ford has designed a noise-cancelling kennel aimed at easing the anxiety and fear dogs experience during fireworks displays. It’s attractive and no doubt achieves its goal, but it’s also an expensive piece of kit that will be out of reach for most dog owners.

So kudos to Ford for looking out for man’s best friend, but why don’t we protect all dogs by demanding quiet fireworks instead?

Imagine a quiet little spot at work

A cheap and easy option?   Photo credit: Phyllis Buchanan licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

where, you know, you can actually do your work. It does not exist, you exclaim.  Well, maybe not this moment, but soon? Dezeen tells us about furniture brand Vank’s Wall Boxes–soundproof pods that offer “private workspaces in open-plan offices.”

So what are they exactly?  The “wall boxes” are essentially sound-absorbing upholstered cubes with “high-quality insulated glass” doors that Vank claims “provide high isolation from such surroundings, and thus can serve as a space for temporary silencing, but also for small meetings or video conferences.” Click the link to see the various configurations.

The design is lovely, the construction looks first rate, and the wall boxes/pods are attractive, if in a somewhat goofy way.  At least they are an answer to the horror that is open-plan offices. But instead of coming up with expensive remedies for poorly thought out open-plan offices, why not design workspaces that provide quiet and privacy, two things most worker bees crave?