News 2018. Release no 1. Ennis acoustic panel.
Through a unique collaboration between the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Offecct, the historic Ennis block by Frank Lloyd Wright™ , has been repurposed as a state of the art acoustic panel for present and future interiors. The name Ennis refers to the famous Ennis House in California, created by Frank Lloyd Wright™, built in the early 1920´s. Had the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright™ been able to foresee the constant stream of sound contemporary life exposes us to, this would most likely have been another field to which he would have turned his creativity.
Soundwave® Ennis – acoustic panel
The Ennis block pattern is not only beautiful, its refined geometry also has the potential to absorb sound. In the square concrete blocks that Wright created for his ”textile block” houses in California Offecct has found a system that can be transformed from a construction element to an acoustic panel with extraordinary artistic qualities. By keeping Wright’s design intact but transferring it from concrete, a material that lacks acoustic properties, to felt material made of recyclable moulded polyester, the Ennis block has become a high performing acoustic panel.
Ennis enables new generations of architects to continue to build on the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright™ to create high quality sound environments in past, present and future interiors. The new Ennis acoustic panel is a new member of the Soundwave® collection, owned by Offecct since 2002.
“The Ennis Block acoustic panel from Offecct captures the drama and the beauty of this timeless work”, says Stuart Graff, CEO, of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
“The Ennis block pattern is not only beautiful, its refined geometry also has the potential to absorb sound. By keeping Wright’s design intact but transferring it from concrete, a material that lacks acoustic properties, to our felt material, the Ennis block has become a high performing acoustic panel”, says Anders Englund, Design Manager at Offecct.
Product information Soundwave® Ennis
Soundwave® Ennis acoustic panel will be ready for delivery from February 2018.
Soundwave Ennis product information
The Ennis House
The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright created four houses in California in the 1920’s known as the “textile block” houses in which he transformed the artistically limited material concrete, in to a construction element of extraordinary qualities. Each of these houses were built using a system of square concrete blocks with a unique graphic pattern. The patterns that decorated the blocks drew influences from nature as well as the pre-Columbian architecture of Mexico and Central America. The mesmerising pattern for the concrete block of the last remaining of Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile houses called The Ennis House (1924) has been seen as the backdrop of futuristic movies, Blade Runner, and it has made an impact in architectural history.
The Ennis house was designed for Charles and Mabel Ennis and is the largest and the only one of these experimental buildings that remains intact. Today the Ennis house is privately owned and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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