Architectural: FilzFelt: ARO CollectionOpen workspaces foster collaboration but necessitate acoustic solutions to minimize distractions. To that end, FilzFelt introduces a collection of acoustic products designed by New York–based Architecture Research Office (ARO), which has also designed the renovation of Donald Judd’s SoHo, New York, studio as well as Knoll (FilzFelt’s parent company) showrooms in New York and San Francisco.
The ARO Collection is made of 100 percent wool felt and offers acoustic solutions for walls, ceilings, and dividers. It includes the Plank and Shingle series of modular wall components made of three-millimeter felt that is vacuum-formed to acoustic foam to create custom features, such as benches (top), or applied to PET substrate to form panels (below). Available in 63 colorways, the panels install quickly via an interlock mounting system and provide a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.7 to 0.9.
For ceiling applications, the Baffle series is a customization of FilzFelt’s Akustika product, and not only provides acoustic absorption, but also creates subtle patterning. Baffle features a chamfered edge detail and provides an NRC of 0.9. The Array (below) series is a reinterpretation of FilzFelt’s standard hanging panels. It features transformational geometric patterns, offers varying degrees of privacy, and can be combined with the sliding Silent Gliss Track System. The standard size of Array panels is 5-feet-9-inches-by-8-feet and they come in 43 colorways.