Upholstered Ceiling Panels at Plein Sud

Inspiration

I haven't broached the topic of fabric on the ceiling since I nearly got booed off Apartment Therapy a few years ago. However, after drooling over the upholstered ceiling panels at Plein Sud in Tribeca, I couldn't help but revisit the concept.

Plein Sud, designed by AvroKo, is the restaurant attached to the lovely Smyth Tribeca hotel. During my visit a few weeks ago, I was tempted to eat there nearly every meal just so I could ogle the beautiful decor. Like the rest of the world, I'm a sucker for raw wood, but it was the subtly faded upholstered ceiling panels that made my heart flutter. They are the perfect visual contrast to the reclaimed planks surrounding them, but more than that, they are a great sound absorber. As I admired them, I began wondering why we don't see the concept employed more often, especially in commercial and hospitality settings. Thoughts?

(Images: 1: Thomspon Hotels, 2 & 3: Melissa Hom for New York Magazine)