"The range of product options now available...allow us, as designers, to use acoustic treatments to bring vibrancy, individuality and creativity to our designs, whilst providing a beneficial and functional role."
Clare Danahay, Owner/Designer, Be Inspired
Q1. In your experience, do acoustic treatments make a difference?
Yes, well considered and correctly designed acoustic treatments in a commercial environment, be it a workplace, education or leisure environment can have a significant impact on the experience of those using the space. However, as a designer, acoustics can be a challenging addition for a project, as good acoustics may be intangible for most; only really affecting the client or user when there has been no consideration of acoustics within the design and implementation of an environment.
Q2. Do you think a well-designed acoustic scheme makes people more productive?
Absolutely, distraction from noise has a significant impact on productivity especially within workplace or learning environments. Trends in design styles towards industrial feel interiors, even within the workplace, have led to the use of more hard surfaces, exposed ceilings and services and therefore a higher need to add treatments to reduce noise reverberation.
The workplace in particular is becoming more aware of the impact of poorly considered open plan working environments and for businesses to successfully attract and retain staff it will become vital for these spaces to embrace technologies that support their staff to feel comfortable and able to focus to achieve their best.
Q3. Is aesthetics important i.e. how they look?
Acoustic treatments, for our projects, are often used as a design feature to significantly enhance the aesthetic of an interior. The range of product options now available in terms of shapes, colours, printed canvases or hanging screens… the list goes on… allow us, as designers, to use acoustic treatments to bring vibrancy, individuality and creativity to our designs, whilst providing a beneficial and functional role. We love the opportunity to introduce a creative acoustic solution to our interiors.
Q4. What do you think the future of acoustics will look like?
Our clients are becoming increasingly aware of how poor acoustics can affect their environment and are keen to ensure their investment provides not just an aesthetically engaging environment but an environment that improves productivity in work, learning or by attracting more customers, thus providing a real and tangible return on their investment. Therefore, considering that acoustics treatments have significantly improved in their functionality, affordability and aesthetic in the past 5 years, I would envisage that the technology will only continue to develop solutions that subtly enhance interiors, become more affordable and mainstream and most likely embrace sustainability.