Enjoy the Silence

Last month we featured an article on noise in the workplace and the demand this creates for acoustic products. One such product that rises to this challenge is the new Aircone from Swedish manufacturer Abstracta.

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Aircone is a sound-absorbent partition with a simple & bold graphic design. The modules are assembled together using small plastic clips, and each module is angled and has a tapered shape. The pattern formed by combining several modules can be varied in a virtually infinite number of ways. The angles diffuse sound waves, and the product thus helps create a better sound environment. Aircone is made from compression-moulded fabric-covered fibre felt and is available in a range of colours. It can be hung from the ceiling or against the wall on an aluminium rail.

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It’s noisy! Shelter from the storm in the workplace

The challenge of providing the optimum level of acoustic performance in an office is one of those issues that everybody accepts is very important. Yet it has proved to be one of those intractable issues that suffers both from some important misperceptions and which also has to be balanced against other challenges when it comes to designing offices, not least the most significant trend of the past twenty or thirty years, namely the shift to open plan working. At the same time we have seen a shrinking of workstation footprints and the greater use of mobile phones and other technology. All of these changes have focused attention on workplace acoustics – currently one of the most talked about issues in the workplace, and visual privacy – one of the least talked about.

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