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The role of acoustic fabrics and solutions in public spaces

March 25, 2020

As co-working and open-plan spaces become more common in office environments, both architects and interior designers also need to pay more attention to acoustic solutions. Many of us spend most of the day in the offices, so we strive to create a workspace that not only functionally supports the work process, but also creates well-being and inspires.

One of the ways to dispel the negative effects of sound in modern and spacious rooms, while allowing the room to be transformed if necessary, is different types of acoustic curtain fabrics. The innovative Swiss fabric manufacturer “Création Baumann” has created several collections of acoustic curtain fabrics for business environments and public spaces, where both a feeling of coziness and hospitality as well as excellent technical solutions are important.

The collection includes both transparent and darkening acoustic curtain fabrics. Transparent fabrics will be especially suitable for window decorations, maximizing the natural light of the room and with the aim of reducing noise in specific areas. In turn, opaque fabrics will be perfect for separating rooms and also for decorating windows with the aim of darkening the rooms at the same time. “Création Baumann” offers more than 90 acoustic fabrics in 2,000 different shades.

Oasis of silence

With the “Acoustic Divider Vario” curtain system, you can create oases of silence in larger rooms or separate larger meeting rooms from workplaces. This curtain system dampens up to 16 decibels of sound, as it consists of an acoustic fabric tailored to the needs of each customer, consisting of two layers with special layers of sound-absorbing, foil-covered, non-flammable material embedded between them. Acoustic curtains are installed on a metal curtain rod, which is attached to the ceiling.

The “Acoustic Divider Vario” collection includes five refined and highly functional fabrics that are excellent for sound insulation. In total, the collection offers almost unlimited design variations in textures and finishes, in more than 150 shades.

Apparent opposites

Curtain transparency and sound absorption are no longer incompatible properties today. The “Sinfonia” classic fabric collection, which has been current for more than 40 years, the manufacturer has supplemented with “Sinfoniacoustic” acoustic fabric, which weaves sound-absorbing foil thread, thus offering a proven design combined with new functionality. This acoustic curtain fabric is available in 64 colors, it has a natural look that resembles cotton, but it is relatively easier to care for. The fabrics in this collection are suitable for both public and private spaces.

“Sigmacoustic”, created with a special production technology, is the most effective sound-absorbing transparent fabric. It is an excellent solution for rooms where both a hospitable, cozy atmosphere and good acoustics are especially important. Draped fabrics from the “Sigmacoustic” collection absorb up to 75% of sound and also have flame retardant properties. In turn, the different coloring of the fabric on the right and left side allows them to be used for visual separation of the room. The embossed thread used in the fabric gives it volume and vitality. The light palette and the depth of the soft earth tones create a feeling of comfort and naturalness.

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