Forget Cubicles. These Acoustic Dampening Honeycombs Are Made Of Hemp
Huge open workplaces are the trendy—and perhaps broken—customary, however acoustically, they’re nightmares: cavernous concrete bunkers the place individuals are afraid to talk above a whisper. “No one really thinks about the quality of sound in a workplace,” says Benjamin Hubert of Layer Design. “Everyone loves these huge concrete open-plan workspaces, because they’re visually cool, but the sound is wearing.”
So Hubert got here up with an thought. Scale is a brand new modular divider system that may be erected in any area. A honeycomb of hemp-lined hexagons act as acoustic dampeners to let groups shortly and cheaply divide up large areas to make them quieter.
Not like different dividers, Scale is a stand-alone system that does not require current infrastructure to put in: all it takes is a coin. To divide an area with Scale, you merely slot collectively a skeleton made out of three-pronged plastic items that look slightly bit like Flux Capacitors, then match the triangular, pressed-hemp tiles into the joints. Not solely are these tiles sustainably made, they’re additionally extremely environment friendly in relation to audio absorption. So whereas Scale’s partitions may look flimsy, what’s spoken inside a Scale room stays inside Scale.
Layer developed the system for Woven Picture, the world’s largest textile producer. Hubert says the thought stumbled on realizing that workplaces had been extra open than ever earlier than, but the groups inside these workplaces had been consistently combining and recombining. “We realized that what was missing was a standalone product that could divide a space and improve sound quality, that was flexible enough to be constructed and deconstructed as easily as a team,” Hubert says.
Outdoors of workplaces, Layer envisions Scale being utilized in business areas, lodges, conference facilities, and every other inside area requiring dynamic, sound-dampening partition methods. Scale will go on sale from Woven Picture, beginning in 2016.
[All Photos: via Layer Design]