Stockholm Furniture Fair

Soundwave Village: an architecturally inspired sound absorber and wall panel by Claesson Koivisto Rune

The highly regarded architectural and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune presents two new series for spring 2009 for OFFECCT, continuing the companies’ long and successful collaboration. Claesson Koivisto and Rune themselves see a clear connection between their many architectural assignments and their new product design for OFFECCT. It was the successful pairing of architecture and design that prompted the inspiration for the new Soundwave Village sound panels and the Etage coffee table series.

OFFECCT is an innovator and market leader in designed acoustic wall panels. Soundwave Village is a new addition with a complicated geometry, in which the sound-absorbent properties have determined the pattern. The Claesson Koivisto Rune and OFFECCT design team applied acoustics principles to tweak
and twist the intricate pattern to achieve the optimal sound absorbency.

“The facets and trapezoid shapes make the sound rebound at a 45-degree angle,” Eero Koivisto explains. “After we had worked on the pattern for a while, we realized it looked like the roofs on a lot of small buildings. To get the right feeling, we looked at aerial photographs of very dense urban areas. The Forbidden City in Beijing, where the spaces between buildings can be extremely narrow, was one source
of inspiration.”

The pattern can also be experiences as an abstract—the observer does not have to perceive the building pattern. 2008 was an active year in architecture for Claesson Koivisto Rune, which could explain why the inspiration from buildings has carried over to the firm’s product design.

“I think Soundwave Village typifies our approach in two ways: first, its perfect function, and, second, the fact that once again we've started from the idea of combining various parts into a larger whole in order to make something new, like beehive structures or DNA molecules. If you combine several sound panels on a
wall, you’ll end up with an entire little village!”

OFFECCT was quick to identify the need for sound-absorbing material and the first to bring designed acoustic wall panels to the market. Some of the world’s most exciting designers have been commissioned to produce their own collections for OFFECCT. The range is growing and there are currently about a dozen different versions of acoustic panels, designed by Karim Rashid, Marre Moerel, and Teppo
Asikainen. The panels are among the best in the market for sound reduction and design.

The panels can be used individually or combined to form a whole wall. All panels absorb weak sound in the upper frequencies (500 Hz and higher). They are perfect for eliminating disturbing reflected sound from voices in office landscapes, telephone conversations, and computer noise, and can be used to improve the sound levels in settings like restaurants.



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