The OTO Chair helps people on the autistic spectrum overcome stress with its hug-like mechanisms. Alexia Audrain designed the Dyson Award-winning OTO chair. The designer learned about the specific needs of people on the autistic spectrum while she studied cabinetmaking and designing.
According to research, tight holds and hugs can help reduce stress, which is why the OTO chair uses inflatable cushions to hug the user tightly. The cushions expand from either side to emulate the feeling of a hug to help overcome sensory overload. The chair's isolating design creates a comfortable cocoon. While the soft cushions gently compress the body, the stress dissipates, and the cushions can be deflated back to their original shape by the user.
Image Credit: Alexia Audrain