Combination Pillow and Crash Helmet

artist:  Melissa Stern

filmmaker: Max Friedlich

1970 Combination Pillow and Crash Helmet, S. Young  U.S. patent no. 3,538,508

The pillow crash helmet, originally conceived for use on airplanes, unites notions of comfort and danger into one object.  At once a soft headrest and a protective device, the crash helmet pillow is the accessory of choice whether sleeping soundly after a long business trip or hurtling to earth.