Loud patterns, bright color shades, thick textures, and quiet results. No, this is not a standardized test question asking which doesn't fit. For acoustic wall and ceiling panels, all of the above are breaking into the design scene. This week, our Top Ten list adds acoustics to your cutting edge interior projects by offering the latest in cork, breathable felt, molded polyester fibers, and wood veneers that reflect and absorb sound with no exceptions.
Wool felt panels made from 100% Merino Wool are ideal for their high quality, textured look and sound absorption. In bright colors and patterns - or in a company logo if you like - FilzFelt designs the acoustic paneling in two standard sizes with perforation to allow for natural light and air to flow through.
Looking a bit like a plain white gypsum or plastered surface, the StarSilent absorbing panels are meant to blend in. Without showing off its technical qualities, the ceilings can be used anywhere, on flat or curved surfaces. It is currently one of the most environmentally friendly applications on the planet that is made using 96% post consumer recycled glass that is then coated with a sound permeable plaster.
Designed by the well-known architecture studio in Sweden, CKR Architects, the Sono acoustical wall panels by Hightower are both decorative and purposeful. Made from bentwood birch wood and recyclable polyester fiber, the sound from room to room is absolutely absorbed in a modern, natural fashion.
Decoustics’ acoustic panels are constructed from a medium density fiberglass core and are recommended for areas that will not be subjected to abuse or impact. These general purpose acoustical wall panels are manufactured to suit individual project requirements including, where required, special shapes, sizes, curves, thicknesses and finishes.
Using thin linear grooves inspired by Alvar Aalto's use of wood ceilings in modern architecture, the 3100 Acoustic Plank wood ceiling offers acoustics to a space using engineered and veneered wood composites. This refined appearance can be used on the ceiling or walls to absorb sound and create a warm environment.
Lightweight sound absorbers in the upper frequency range (500 Hz and above), the Scrunch is a beautiful way to eliminate voices and sounds from other rooms. Made from a molded polyester fiber in a beautiful 3-D design, they are offered in grey, anthracite, and off-white shades.
Modular, interactive panels that can be touched to shift colors in response to body heat, the Touch Wall Panels by NunoErin use an acoustic foam core to control the sound. Equipped with a magnetic hanging system, the panels can be moved and shifted around to your heart's content. Choose between green that turns to yellow, purple to pink, orange to yellow, black to green and blue along with custom color options for larger projects.
A London-based designer who has mastered the naturally sound-absorbing art of cork, Yemi Awosile was a subject of our blogging last year who received massive praise for her cork surface that appears to be a flexible panel of mosaic-style cork tiles. Lightweight and laser-cut, the checkered cork surface is made using a woven elastane and re-composited cork that comes right from the wine industry.
Created using a molded recyclable polyester fiber, the lightweight Soundwave Flo panels come in four shades that range from hot fuchsia to plain white. Designed by Karim Rashid for the Swedish company, Offecct, the wave-like design of Flo dampens frequencies beyond 500 Hz and is ideal for the contemporary dweller.
Using the knit fabric, Aeria, with acoustic transparency woven within and aluminum framing, Robin Reigi created the Strato and Stereo acoustic ceiling panels. In single units of three standard sizes, you can mix and match a variety of colors to match your interior projects while keeping noise at bay.
Hope you enjoyed our roundup of the Top Ten Fashion-Forward Acoustic Panels!
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