Acoustic products – 5 sustainable designs ideal for your workspace
Embracing relaxation and increasing efficiency, here are solutions to achieve the desired acoustic balance in your work environment
From Fika by AllSfär to Fuji by Woven Image, Fost Large by De Vorm, Parthos by Narbutas and Art Prints by Abstracta and Wall of Art – there has been a rise in acoustic products created to improve sound quality in workspaces in a sustainable way.
Today several commercial spaces are designed with higher and more exposed ceilings, alongside an increased use of hard surfaces such as brushed or polished concrete. At the same time hybrid working has resulted in the office increasingly becoming a place for people to connect and collaborate, exchanging ideas and information.
Addressing these advances – these eclectic but one-of-a-kind products effectively help absorb ambient mid-to high-frequency sound and reduce noise in workspaces, embracing relaxation and increasing efficiency.
Read on to know more about these innovative products for office interiors that embody the cohesion of acoustic function with beautiful aesthetics!
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Fika by AllSfär
Acoustic product brand AllSfär collaborates with mushroom packaging manufacturer the Magical Mushroom Company to craft Fika – mycelium acoustic wall tiles.
These wall tiles are made from UK-grown mycelium that’s manufactured by Magical Mushroom Company as well as additionally contain industrial hemp.
“Operating sustainably is important to us, our customers and their clients.
Continuous innovation to provide more sustainable products is at the heart of our organizational purpose and Fika is a great example of taking naturally occurring materials to create something beautiful and functional!” shares Morgan Doouss, Founder AllSfär.
The tiles are further available in a range of color schemes and have a geometric design, including angular and curved forms.
This allows for the tiles to be rotated on-site to create different patterns and designs when combined.
Fuji by Woven Image
Designed to improve sound quality in workspaces with raw concrete interiors – acoustic products brand Woven Image launches Fuji, a range of ceiling tiles.
This collection responds to the growing trend for commercial offices with industrial material surfaces and exposed ceilings.
With their concave three-dimensional shapes – these tiles offer higher acoustic performance than typical flat panels, tiles or baffle systems.
They’re made using a felt produced from 100% PET plastic, 64% of which is post-consumer plastic, in a process powered by solar energy.
“We’ve recycled 6200 tonnes of PET plastic to manufacture its acoustic finishes – that’s 301 million 600-milliliter plastic bottles diverted from landfill and waterways!” Woven Image explains.
Giving them a graphic feel that combines references to art-deco architecture and Japanese-style design – the tiles feature tiered shapes and curved corners that can be either ceiling-mounted or suspended.
Additionally, there are four size options designed to work in combination if required – from the long rectangular Juni to a larger version named Hachi, square-format Roku or large square Ku.
These are stocked in four colourways that include cream, onyx and the two-tone combinations of onyx and cream and cream and duck-egg.
Lastly, the tiles can further be made to order in other colourways – there are 23 hues to choose from, available in either single or dual color options.
Fost Large by De Vorm
Providing settings with noise-dampening qualities – Furniture maker De Vorm releases a large felt acoustic lamp made from recycled PET felt.
Designed to offer a sleek and modern look – this lamp has a 118-centimetre-diametre domed lamp shade and a spheric LED light.
“We created the lamp with a large, oversized shape to make a visual statement in offices, public spaces and conference rooms!” says De Vorm.
Additionally, it provides its settings with sound-absorbing qualities due to its felt construction, an additional benefit for any spaces that may typically be loud.
It’s further available in 11 different felt color blends made from recycled materials – from gray to brown, yellow and pink.
Parthos by Narbutas
Office furniture brand Narbutas adds a sound-absorbing column Parthos to its collection of acoustic furniture.
With a mobile design that can be easily moved to improve the acoustics of the space it’s in – they designed the column to be a stylish addition to office interiors.
To provide sound absorption in a sustainable way – the columns are filled with textile offcuts and the exterior is covered with PET felt made from 50% recycled plastic.
Customized with a phone charging functionality or with hooks to hang clothes – it’s available in three heights and can be used as a display stand.
“Multi-functionality, acoustic properties, sustainable with an aesthetic design are everything you need to make Parthos fit seamlessly into modern office meeting and relaxation areas, public spaces and much more!” Narbutas shares.
Art Prints by Abstracta and Wall of Art
Blending contemporary art with acoustics – Swedish brand Abstracta collaborates with art platform Wall of Art to produce a collection of framed art prints that also serve as acoustic panels.
Creating both a pleasant soundscape and an inspiring atmosphere, this collection features 13 different designs created by four artists – Annika Hultgren, Evelina Kroon, Lucrecia Rey Caro, and Lisa Wirenfelt.
“It includes both colorful and more minimalist works – we felt it was important to choose motifs that would suit many different settings and, at the same time, work well together!” explains Matilda Levenborn, Wall of Art Head of Collaborations.
Available in three sizes, they’re printed on cotton and completed with frames made of either untreated or dark-oiled FSC-certified oak.
While the pieces are no thicker than 45 millimeters, their sound-absorbing fabric backing – made from textile waste and recycled plastic bottles – has a high acoustic capacity and effectively helps to absorb ambient noise in places like restaurants and co-working spaces.
“We suggest combining multiple prints to create an individualized aesthetic!” Abstracta concludes.