The ultimate guide to being left alone

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while everyone else is pairing off and skipping hand-in-hand into the sunset, let’s not forget that there are certain people out there who just want to be left alone. For those of you who’ve broken up with someone, recently been dumped or are simply in a foul mood, here are five product designs that will help you achieve solitude during the most irritating holiday of the year:

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The Personal Space Dress

As part of Urban Armor, a collection of playful DIY projects that explore the human body and its relationship to privacy and technology, Hong Kong artist Kathleen McDermott has created the Personal Space Dress, whose skirt expands as soon as it detects someone coming too close to you with the help of a motor device. This umbrella-like contraption can be built by your very own hands by following detailed instructions. You’ll be needing an old umbrella, a soldering iron, ultrasonic distance sensors, empty deodorant containers, and the fervent determination to be left the hell alone.

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The Ostrich Pillow

Originally designed for power naps at the office, the Ostrich Pillow can also be used to effectively ward off your officemate’s unwelcome romantic advances. Nothing – I repeat, nothing – screams ‘leave me alone’ stronger than burying your head in a cocoon-like contraption and playing dead.

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The HUSH Pod

Retreat into HUSH and mull over the shattered remains of your relationship in the dark. Created by Freyja Sewell and manufactured by Ness Furniture from industrial wool felt, this seating pod admits only one, making it the perfect getaway from the world of socializing.

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Orwell

Remember what it was like to build a fort in your living room and stay “hidden”? Well, Orwell is the adult version of that fort, by Barcelona-based Alvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera. It can be a daybed or sofa if you’re feeling social. To shut out the world, simply roll down the flaps for maximum isolation. It’s your own private sanctuary from parties you don’t want to participate in. And furniture-wise, it looks really great too.

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Hoodini

You don’t need a hoodie to hide your face anymore. The Hoodini – a chair hoodie –  is a quick and effective way of showing that you want to be alone, without a lot of fuss. All you have to do is sling it over your chair’s backrest, pull it over your head, and ignore the outside world. It’s one of the four designs of the Chair Wear series by Amsterdam-based Bernotat 1 Co.