Acoustic Panels for Loud Design Minds

Acoustic Panels for Loud Design Minds

Sonia Zjawinski
Jul 20, 2010

Acoustic paneling tends to be relatively basic from a design standpoint. Rarely, do we find visually arresting pieces that combat noise complaints. The standard fare includes tiles covered in bland fabric or egg crate-style gray foam. If money is no object though, you can hire textile designer Anne Kyyrö Quinn to solve your sound issues.

Anne Kyyrö Quinn studio specializes in making wall textiles that are cut, sewn and finished by hand. The interior textiles are based on three-dimensional structures in which materials are cut and folded into a type of origami for the home. While many of the studio's work is merely aesthetic, collaborations have included acoustical panels that help with sound issues while still being a visual presence.

One such project was with Francesco Draisci. The two teams created a unique solution to lower noise in a large library area. "The three separate curtains open and close on an electronic track, employing the honeycomb structure that the wool fabric has been manipulated in to enhance the acoustic performance. The library is also used for viewing films and the curtain is designed to accommodate the projector."

Another was with Futurebrand, who commissioned Anne Kyyrö Quinn to create six bespoke acoustic wall panels for the consultation booth of the Zain Concept Store in Bahrain.

And lastly, acoustic headboards for the Wit boutique hotel in Chicago, Il.

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