"Acoustic solutions in ceilings, furniture and art allow us to work together without impacting on our colleague next door..."
Phil Brown, MD, Absolute Commercial Interiors
Q1. In your experience, do acoustic treatments make a difference?
Absolutely. When designing an office its often difficult to know what the acoustics will be like as they are affected by so many different factors so being able to offer acoustic treatments before and as a retro option allows us to offer the client a comprehensive solution.
Q2. Do you think a well-designed acoustic scheme makes people more productive?
Most of our concerns with acoustics are around meeting and open plan areas. Meeting rooms need to have sufficient privacy and also in an age where conference calls and video calls are used frequently needed to have limited reverb, vibrate and zero sound travel. Through art, baffles and the introduction of the right surfaces we can manage this. In open plan areas the design of the acoustic solutions becomes a key part of our overall design. The flexibility of baffles for instance in terms of shape, design and finish allow us to be both design led and playful. The trend for industrial spaces requires us to manage all elements of acoustic design really carefully without compromising the style of the scheme.
Q3. Is aesthetics important i.e. how they look?
We need to enhance our schemes with acoustic solutions so the flexibility of shapes, solutions and fixing methods enables us to offer a well thought through, coherent design led scheme without compromise.
Q4. What do you think the future of acoustics will look like?
I think they will be a integral part of all schemes rather than an add on. Technology allows us to work in a different flexible way, we don’t need a fixed desk, we don’t need an office, we need an area where we can sit / stand, connect, interact, collaborate and thrive. Acoustic solutions in ceilings, furniture and art allow us to work together without impacting on our colleague next door, we can now manage areas making the future of the office open plan encouraging collaboration.