Armed with insight and aesthetic sensibility, the German manufacturer acousticpearls has been combatting noise pollution in interior spaces for almost ten years. Its weapons: premium acoustic panel systems that are as beautiful as they are effective.
"We're designing environments that make us crazy," said international sound consultant Julian Treasure in a persuasive TED Talk entitled 'Why architects need to use their ears'. "Sound affects us physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally, even if we're not conscious of it," he argued.
We know that architectural space that considers the way sound functions within it is key to effective communication, not to mention well-being. However, unmanaged talking in open-plan offices can reduce productivity by up to 66% - that's clearly not good for business. Treasure urged architects to open their ears, in order to realise that acoustics are always present. It's a question of whether one wants to make them centre stage or allow them to be shaped as a quasi-accidental by-product.
If anyone has their ears open, it's international design manufacturer acousticpearls. Based in Bremen, the company has been listening clearly to architects, interior architects and planners for almost a decade, creating premium, architectural products that help shape interior space and manage the sound within them. Its success is based on the interior-design and engineering competencies of managing director Clemens Lünig and his team, as well as having a strong dialogue with building professionals, which have seen the implementation of design solutions that marry aesthetic with acoustic features.
Its strongly graphic and chromatically expressive yet never dominant products - which range from modular wall-panel systems and stand-alone space dividers to suspended ceiling elements and even the room within space pods - have been specified for work and living spaces across a range of typologies, including offices, banks and receptions.
Sustainability has been the watchword in the design industry for a long time, but some brands are able to evidence their commitment to it more clearly than others - acousticpearls is one such brand. Beyond the fact that the company's products possess an extremely long lifespan, with no material degradation over time or reduction in acoustic performance, its range is also free of emissions and pollutants, resulting in a healthier working environment for users.
The business is not only a sustainable, profitable company, but is also an indispensable, long-term partner offering its expertise to architects, planners and end clients working on sustainable projects - ones that put the well-being of users first.