With the New York design trail more jam-packed than ever this year, we're especially thankful for the unveiling of the Muji Rest Stop, a custom-designed pavilion that invites visitors to come in and take a load off. Launched in celebration of the company's celebrated Body Fit cushion arriving on US soil, the Rest Stop has a pair of the cushions at the ready for weary passers-by to try.

Installed within Muji's Cooper Square store, located in the heart of the East Village, the Rest Stop brings together white oak, steel and unbleached cotton elements to evoke Muji's simple way of living. In addition to the two generously sized microbead cushions, which can be leant, laid and sat on, the installation is also equipped with built-in digital consoles for loungers to experience a version of the Muji to Relax app. The attractive app comes with five atmospheric soundtracks, including waterfalls, forest breezes and a crackling fire, to help its users zone out. The tranquil sanctuary is made even more peaceful by the aroma diffusers puffing out the scent of essential oils as a finishing touch.

At present, Manhattanites are the only ones lucky enough to park up at Cooper Square's Muji Rest Stop, the very first of its kind. We're far from complaining though; it's a fortuitous discovery that we'll be counting on to recharge our batteries this week.

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