12 Aug 2021 • Finishes
5 acoustic panel designs for maximum sound comfort
We share five noise-controlling products, from Kvadrat to Offecct, to consider for your next project.
Acoustic comfort is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the design process. Not just in the workspace, either: a boost in hybrid use means that most interiors need to offer users a mix of public and private space, and noise control is an integral tool in doing so. Conscientious acoustic design also helps in creating spaces that accommodate neurodiverse users who may be sound-sensitive. This applies to the retail sphere just as much as it does the office.
Designer Nina Mair worked with German design company Ydol to conceive Relax Wave, a three-dimensional sound absorber with a wavelike structure (cover image). Utilized as a single wall-mount element or a total surface covering, Relax Wave is practical for all settings. ‘I find it tempting to contrast the clear and linear design vocabulary of architecture with a seemingly soft element,’ says Mair of the design. ‘The wall thus becomes a three-dimensional organic surface.’
ACOUSTIC TEXTILE FELT FR
Upcycled from post-consumer polyester, Kvadrat’s Acoustic Textile Felt FR panels by Really can seamlessly upgrade a room in need of an acoustic solution by being affixed to the ceiling or joined as a wall installation. The product, made in a light and dark colour, features a cutting-edge bi-component fibre and offers the flame-retardant properties of Trevira CS.
The result of an exploration into acoustic innovation and construction, Hex is a series of tiles available in eight different textures and 30 colours. Crafted from Turf’s PET felt, the product is defined by 3D folds that form hollow chambers to increase sound absorption. ‘Folded tile solutions like Hex and our previously launched Reed will help make any space viable for meetings and conversations, while helping occupants avoid the ‘sound shock’ that might come with a return to public life,’ explains Turf Design president Robert Perri of the design’s post-COVID relevance.
Photo: Stijnstijl Fotografie
WOOD WOOL PANELS
Wood wool, cement and water comprise the eco-friendly material that makes up these Baux acoustic panels. The line consists of seven patterns – Quilted, Check, Stripes, Lines, Diagonal, Arch and Curve. Zecc Architects employed five from the series in transforming a derelict steel construction factory in Utrecht. The space is now a workspace for over 50 businesses and creative entrepreneurs: acoustic excellence within such a bustling atmosphere was a must.
Photo: Björn Ceder
Offecct strives to create ‘good, sustainable sound environments’ in public spaces, working with a range of international designers to deliver on that. Their Soundwave® collection boasts Jasmine, a collaboration with Layla Mehdi Pour, which takes inspiration from ‘nature’s poetic rhythm’, as Pour notes. Mixed with geometric, triangular shapes, the panels can be combined in different ways to create ‘new expressions and compositions,’ she says.