How Furniture Moves With The Times
Living and working behaviour is changing, that is certain. But how can the furniture world react to this? Interior decorator Megan Bühler has an answer to this with her new piece of furniture: the magic word is modularity. How can furniture move with the times? The coming decade will see major changes in terms of living conditions. Flats will become smaller again, housing co-operatives and communities will become more and more popular and space will have to be used optimally. The world of work is also changing in many ways at the moment. Whether large corporations or SMEs – many companies have been dealing with questions about flexible workplaces for some time now. Nowadays there is no getting around talking about open-plan offices, coworking spaces and home offices. The furniture world is also likely to change soon as a result of the upheavals in lifestyle. Interior decorator and upcoming product designer Megan Bühler from Interlaken has already recognised this. She is currently developing a new product with a view to the future. The new piece of furniture is a modular frame. It can be set up and extended in a variety of ways. “In this way you can it as a storage shelf, table, sideboard, seating or room divider,” says the young lady from Interlaken. The frame consists of L-shaped and rectangular wooden elements that fit together like tetris. Within these elements are light and sound-absorbing storage boxes. The carpenter Bernhard Ammann created the wooden elements for the prototype. The boxes are provided by IMPACT ACOUSTIC® with the sustainable acoustic panel from ARCHISONIC®. Megan was immediately convinced by the material: “Fritz Steffen from Steffen Raumkonzepte told me that his colleague from IGN once worked with IMPACT ACOUSTIC® and was enthusiastic about their material. He recommended it and it did not disappoint at all”. Megan has been tinkering with this future-oriented and inexpensive piece of furniture for over a year. She has been working on the prototype for about three months. We at IMPACT ACOUSTIC® are watching Megan’s innovative project with interest and support her commitment with our product as well as with our know-how. Good luck, Megan! → Click here to learn more about our products
A Meaningful Holiday
Trying to stop the flow of plastic waste into the ocean is impossible with waste management and clean-ups alone – it’s like trying to empty a bathtub with a thimble while the taps are on full blast. Instead, we need to ask ourselves: how can we stop plastic waste being produced in the first place? “We are not trying to be heroes. We are merely setting an example for tourist and locals, young and old that every step forward, no matter how big or small, is a step towards a better world.” Our founders, on a holiday in Mykonos Island, have collected a 130 kg of ocean trash in one of the public beaches with the help of the local NGO www.allforblue.org. Rather than treating the symptoms of plastic waste and pollution, we need to address the cause and rethink the whole plastic system and what is being put on the market, focusing our innovation efforts, like never before, upstream.
Power of Acoustic Through Design
IMPACT ACOUSTIC® have recently completed an office project in Luzern, Switzerland for a global technology company, completely driven by acoustic through design. The delicate balance of hard surfaces and acoustic cladded walls all over the office has proven effective and cost-efficient. The use of acoustic sails and acoustic integrated lighting gave the spaces an elegant flair while keeping the fun and comfort all throughout the office. To find out more about the whole project, products used and our design approach, connect with us!
IMPACT ACOUSTIC OPENS DOORS
On 22. August we invited selected clients to our newly occupied facilities in Lucerne in the Swiss Alps. We offered an insight to our Design-Studio and production capabilities, accompanied with live performance and good wine. We are looking forward to our official opening very soon where we offer a training on room acoustics and introduce our new ARCHISONIC® 25 colour range and 8 colour families along with an outlook of how we will rock the acoustic market with new product releases in 2020!
TRASH HERO WORLD
Inspiring Action on Waste Trash Hero is an energetic volunteer movement that drives change within communities around the world, motivating and supporting them to clean and prevent plastic waste. To date, they have chapters in 135 locations in 11 countries, with the majority in Southeast Asia. Each group provides opportunities to learn about the environmental impact of single-use plastic first hand at a regular community cleanup. They also promote practical solutions to prevent and manage everyday waste. Many works directly with schools to educate kids. As well as influencing long-term consumer habits, Trash Hero’s activities have an indirect impact on government and corporate decision-makers by creating constituency and market support for change. IMPACT ACOUSTIC® is excited to have joined this global movement that brings people together for positive change. Anyone can be a Trash Hero. You too! Find out more
With the unique expertise in the field of computational-aided design and digital fabrication, our team transformed the design concept of Studio AGLO Architects into reality. The smooth wave ceiling that runs across the entire office refers to the nearby lake of Zug.
Bosch is now relying on the acoustic elements from IMPACT ACOUSTIC® for flexible use as acoustic ceiling elements, acoustic luminaries, acoustic wall cladding and decorative room dividers. In the last project in Athens we were able to recycle a total of more than 27’000 PET bottles.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
On two floors, there is a coworking space where, in addition to the decorative acoustic ceiling baffle WAVE, our acoustic ceiling sails were used. The wall coverings in the privacy rooms were lined with 24mm acoustic panels and the workstations used our acoustic absorbers as well. Overall, we were able to upcycle around 9,500 PET bottles for the project.
Medbase Medical Centre
Surface disinfectants used in the medical sector with a particularly high concentration of propane and didecyldimethylammonium chloride for the treatment of bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and viruses are optimally suited for cleaning our PET-felt acoustic panels. Heavy contamination by blood or the like can even be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide in the highest concentration without leaving stains or fading of our colours. Due to the outstanding cleaning properties and the flexible use of our products, Outlog Architektur + Planung AG decided to use IMPACT ACOUSTIC® products.
Noise at work is having a negative impact on health and productivity
In a survey of 1,000 UK-based office workers, 65% reported that noise in the workplace impacted on their ability to complete work in an accurate and timely manner. Nearly half (44%) said that noise had a negative impact on their overall wellbeing, with over 40% reporting that noise at work caused them to feel stressed. The ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work 2019’ survey has been conducted by intelligent business solutions company The Remark Group, supported by environmental psychologist and workplace strategist Dr Nigel Oseland, an honorary senior lecturer at UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. Interestingly, the survey highlighted that 52% of people report they are interrupted by noise distractions more than five times in a working day, with 17% stating that they are interrupted more than 10 times a day. Recent research suggests that every time we are interrupted, it takes 15 minutes to get back in a state of focus. This could mean over an hour of wasted time each day for over half of the workforce, contributing significantly to lost productivity.
Hate the open office? Think it’s too loud? Enter the ‘phone booth’.
As Generation Z starts entering the workforce, office interior designers are creating flexible workspaces that offer the privacy young workers — those born between 1997 and 2012 — demand. Design experts say privacy is important to this young generation of workers in order to escape the noisiness that has enveloped the open office, so they are drawing inspiration from a surprising place: the phone booth, an obsolete space most members of Gen Z have probably never entered. Tall and narrow “phone booths” are making their way into offices to insulate sound and provide a quiet space where employees can step away for a phone call or to focus on work. Most models have one glass side, but others are all glass, providing a fishbowl-like experience. There’s no built-in phone, but there is a countertop, seat, power outlets, a light and ventilation. The open-office concept was heralded as a way to lower costs and promote interaction and collaboration among employees throughout organizations. But a study last year by Harvard University researchers found, among other things, that workers miss their privacy. View our products
WUNDERRAUM CO-WORKING SPACE
Wunderraum co-working space provide different work settings that requires different acoustic treatments. Acoustic wall claddings are widely used in shared and open spaces and acoustic dividers are installed in focus areas.
How China’s plastic waste ban forced a global recycling reckoning
The country once recycled nearly half of the planet’s plastic. Now the world is scrambling to adjust. After importing nearly half of the planet’s plastic recyclables for three decades, China barred the import of most residential recyclables in 2017. The ban is part of its efforts to clean its environment and improve quality of life. Now other countries in Asia are increasing their plastic waste imports, raising environmental concerns about their ability to handle such large volumes of recyclables. Meanwhile, in developed countries, many domestic recycling programs have been halted because of the cost.