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Brief Published: 7 Aug 2015

Acoustic Lighting: Improving Workplace Wellness

Zero Lighting

Swedish designer Johanna Jacobson Backman has designed a range of hanging acoustic panels with integrated LED lights. Designed in collaboration with Swedish lighting brand Zero, they aim to improve sound quality within the workplace.

The slimline upholstered panels feature a strip of LED lights along the underside and an in-built cable-tidy system. The half-oval shaped pendants are made from a soft grey textile called Soundfelt that absorbs high- and low-frequency sounds to aid office acoustics. Designed to be hung together in groups, the lights can also be used to create subtle room divisions within open-plan spaces.

The large, flat structure of the panels reflects a move towards simple design that provides quiet solutions. For more on this new language of minimalism, see our S/S 17 Design Direction: Rational.

As seen at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015, fresh approaches to acoustics are bringing comfort and functionality to the hospitality sector and the workplace. For more on the shifting office landscape, see The Living Workspace.