While it may appear strange or provocative when you first encounter it in a work space, acoustic furniture is the latest trend to sweep through contemporary office design and layout.
Due to the recent aesthetic of renovating old studios and warehouses into sleek, modern start-ups and corporate overhauls, the need for privacy and quiet in a large space has increased. Acoustic furniture addresses the problem by providing flexible solutions for any building layout.
Blending soundproofing design with eco-friendly materials, these new designs are perfect for employees to have impromptu meetings, take phone calls in a busy room, or even just “step away from it all” instead of designing a typical break room.
Let’s take a look at 3 new acoustic options for your office:
1) The “Cocoon”
A colorful, compact “hood” mounted on the wall may be the last thing you expect to walk by in a traditional office. But this is the wave of the future. By mounting it on a wall or installing in a corner, it creates a quieter and more private space instantly.
To use the cocoon, simply step into the space closely and get comfortable. You can take a phone call in a standing position, or simply take a step back from your desk and retreat into one of these to block out overwhelming sounds or office foot traffic. This clever add-on reduces the need for break room space, too, for those businesses who lack the square footage for a large employee break room.
2) The “Skin”
Have you ever been to a movie or in a group conference space where you could still hear everything outside? Ringing phones, employees joking and laughing, delivery men conversing right outside the door, mail carts rolling through the hallway…get rid of that noise for good with new “wall” art! Made of sliced felt in different sizes and colors, these wall “skins” insulate any room from sound and you can even pin various things to them. They’re attractive and their simple design can complement most office interior designs.
3) The “Wings”
These gorgeous, draping designs reinvent the modern office. You can even do away with the traditional cubicle or collaborative work space, and create this “quiet library” aesthetic instead for each employee. Wings are designed to partition a large space acoustically as well as optically, providing more privacy on both levels. This new modularity is simply sleek and elegant, for those businesses who are looking for a different acoustic option.
Need a little light? Attached to the ceiling at a 90-degree angle, these wings can also create an indirect light source, cutting down on computer screen glare and adjusting early morning or late evening brightness to accommodate comfort in the working hours. It’s also available in different colors for each office palette!
Bring the volume down a notch for your team’s next collaborative session, get the focus you need to have that one-on-one, or just find a private spot to call a client—whatever your needs, we have an assortment of unique acoustic furniture designs available. From sound absorbing furniture and panels to complete office soundproofing, see how we can bring any space—no matter how open—down to size.