A comfortable environment is influenced by architecture and its materiality, and how it affects all our senses. However, building materials with hard surfaces do not always support the sense of hearing, which calls for interiors with acoustic support. In order to produce sustainable building components on an industrial scale, you have to take the whole chain of production, disassembly and biodegradability into account.
Kvadrat Soft Cells is an acoustic wall and ceiling panel system that delivers sound absorption and creates a comfortable acoustic environment in modern architecture with hard surfaces such as glass and concrete. The panels can be customized in shape and colour and can be integrated in various design schemes. Due to a patented textile-tensioning mechanism, they are also resistant to humidity and temperature. The panels consist of two layers of tensioned textile and acoustic padding which absorb sound in the low and mid-range frequencies. Its modular design makes it easy to reuse in other settings, and the visible front textile can be easily reupholstered for adaptation prolonging the life span.
The panels are designed for disassembly and most components and materials can easily go into recycling streams. The extruded frames constituting the main component are produced with high amounts of recycled content and are cut to size while the waste from manufacturing is recycled.
Current focus is on reducing textile waste through both reuse and recycling, and Soft Cells is working closely together with Really – a company reusing textile fibres for both construction boards and acoustic products – to develop closed material loops.