Air 20 Minipod: The Phone Booth Re-incarnated

The telephone booth is dead – ripped from the ground, hacked to bits by mysterious artists, or modernised to serve as charging points for it’s great, great grandchild, the mobile telephone. In Germany, they get sent here to peacefully rust away the remainder of their days in the company other chatterboxes: Bti4T3xCQAIIqD7 copy

All, however is not lost… Through the Airea, the phone booth lived on, albeit in the office environment. And in turn the Airea Phone Booth evolved into the ultra modern, uber-chic Air 20 and 21 Minipod.

Being only a foot or so wider than the Airea Phone Booth, the new Air 20 Minipod is the ideal solution for businesses with limited space or that need a few separate spaces where people can work in peace and quiet.

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It also comes with all the mod cons you’d expect in the year 2014: the Air 21 has a table and power and data modules which means you can happily sit and type on your computer – while linked to the Internet – or plug in your iPad while you read the latest instalment of Après Planet…

Air 3 Meeting Pods: Technically Sound

The Air 3 Meeting Pod range is to office furniture what Rolls Royce is to the motoring world, but more affordable…

In the Air 3 Meeting Pod range there are nine different models, with different shapes and sizes, ensuring any office space – big or small – can enjoy the benefits the Air 3 Meeting Pod brings to the workplace.

Despite differences in size and shape, all the meeting pods have the same acoustic features and are fine-tuned to human speech – 100hz to 5000hz – through the clever use of state of the art optimised insulation panels on both the inside and out.

With the Air 3 Mini Pod as the exception, the rest of the range all have the option of being installed with a patented roof which allows users to control the airflow and noise pollution levels inside the pod with a simple press of a button. Panels in the roof allow for opening and closing, which is important both for releasing heat buildup and blocking out external noise.

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This clever roof system doubles up as an important safety feature as built-in smoke and temperature detectors automatically open the roof when they are set off. This six-step fail-safe system adheres to all safety regulations:

1. Integrated smoke detector cuts power to the pod & opens the roof.

2. Integrated heat detector cuts power to the pod & opens the roof.

3. PIR opens the roof when not in use during the day & also equally important at night.

4. Removal or failure of the smoke detector cuts power to the pods & opens the roof.

5. Optional connection to the building fireboard. In the event of a fire alarm power is cut to the pod opening the roof.

6.In the event of a power failure the roof will, by default, always open.

Service hoops are offered as an option on all the pods from the Half Square Pod all the way up to the Large Square Pod. These service hoops allows for power and data to be added to the impressive list of features the pods offer. As an addition, adjustable screen arms can also be fixed to the service hoop.

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Aesthetically the pods offer massive versatility as all the soft panels are interchangeable and available in a wide range of colours. To conform to BS 8300 and Approval Document M for DDA/Health and Safety Requirements we recommend adding visibility strips to the sliding doors. These designs can be made bespoke according to requirements. You therefore have no excuse to not use an Air 3 Meeting Pod…

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The history of the Phone Booth: Part Four

Ah, the phone booth – yes, that very same thing in which Mr. Kent prefers to slip into his spandex and don his hero-garb before rushing off to save many a damsel in distress – has since perhaps the mid 1900’s, become inextricably mixed with popular culture.

When delving into the arcane history of Superman, it however, becomes quite clear that there are in fact very few references to The Man of Steel changing in a phone booth. But despite Clark Kent’s apparent modesty, the first instance where he did use a public phone booth was in The Mechanical Monsters way back on 28 November 1941 (have a look at a clip from the video here). And thus the phone booth entered pop culture.

In 1942 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the very creators of the legendary hero, also used a phone booth for Clark Kent to change in. Whilst inside the the phone booth he famously said to himself, “This definitely isn’t the most comfortable place in the world to switch garments, but I’ve got to change identities – and in a hurry!”

The blokes who came up with the idea of phone booth stuffing, conversely, thought it was a perfectly fine place chill…

Only a couple of years after the phone booth made its comic-debut in Superman, two dozen South African students in Durban decided to see how many men a phone booth can accommodate – however uncomfortable it might get! They managed 25. Yep, twenty-five beef-eating, beer-drinking students, in a box roughly 83 x 33 x 33 inches!

The Americans soon saw this as a fun challenge and decided to try and perfect the art of human Tetris. The fad swiftly grew and in 1959 the St. Mary’s College made an attempt on the record but only managed 22 students while LIFE Magazine was on hand to snap pictures of this historical effort.

And here’s a video from 2009 where students from the same college try to reproduce the original results…

Various sets of rules came into existence – depending on the country and university – and British rules required at least one stuffee to make or receive a call whilst stuffed, if of course you can find a working phone booth!

Currently the Guinness World Record stands (sits, lies, squats and crouches) at 27 people crammed into a booth designed for ten (so it’s a bit of a cheat really…) but no photos of the event exists which brings to mind that brilliantly suited 21st century axiom: Pics or it didn’t happen!

On a magical front the 13th most powerful woman in Britain (Woman’s Hour, 2013), J.K. Rowling, decided that the Ministry of Magic should be accessed by that mystical and much loved object that is the red phone booth.

The booth whisks wizards and witches from the ground floor to the Artium on floor B6; all they have to do is dial 62442 on the telephone. Why 62442? Because it spells “magic” you muggle!

Other popular movies have also referred to or featured phone booths. In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 cult classic The Birds, Melanie Daniels hides from the attacking avians in a phone booth. In Dirty Harry (1971) Clint Eastwood’s character has to race from telephone booth to telephone booth in order to save a young girl who is being held hostage by a serial killer.

It is, however with Phone Booth (2002) where the booth becomes the star of the show as the entire film takes place in a phone booth. Stuart Shepherd, played by Collin Ferrell, finds himself trapped in a phone booth by a psychotic sharpshooter for the duration of the film. Poor Collin, if Superman found it a bit of a tight squeeze just to change in, imagine what being trapped in it for 81mins. must have felt like.

Closer to home, the artist, Banksy, has used phone booths in several of his works. Appearing overnight in Soho in 2006, this bent and bleeding booth gave rise to BT spokesman saying, “This is a stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.”

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Image courtesy of eddiedangerous, Banksy at Red Auction, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Adding to his booth collection, the artist transformed the side of a house in Chaltenham earlier this year (and tripling its value…) to show secret agents eavesdropping on a phone booth, which was already there.

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Image courtesy of abrinsky, Listen to Nothing, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It seems then, that despite the rise of the cellphone and the demise of the booth, its legacy will live on in popular culture.

Proving to be as popular as its street-faring inspiration, the Air3 Office Phone Booth can be put to use in any modern office environment. Customizable and flexible, the Air3 Phone Booth allows you to have those confidential conversations without having to leave the office. And if, unlike those Durbanites and St Mary’s students, you don’t like to be crammed, bigger Air3 options are available.