sustainable acoustic materials

revolutionary design elements that reduce noise

Your interior spaces should look and sound perfect.

Start with our curated product lines above, and count on us for support from pre-design to punchlist.

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Design unique & comforting spaces
with the right balance of acoustic materials

Sounds are deeply engrained in our subconscious and have a profound effect on the way we experience spaces. But, acoustic design is underappreciated, and often the standard carpet & ACT aren’t enough.

We’ve brought high-quality, sustainable acoustic products to the US (that you can afford).

Keep scrolling for inspiration, or skip ahead and browse our full product catalog here: all acoustic products

acoustic recycled cork
custom acoustic panel mural

Acoustic design elements can either actively contribute to the look and feel, or blend into the background.

Or they can do both, like this bespoke acoustic mountain mural.

acoustic ceiling clouds
sound absorbing wall panel
cork decorative acoustic tiles

We love buildings with authentic materials like glass, stone, wood, steel, and concrete.

These hard reflective surfaces make for beautiful spaces but lead to a buildup of noise.

Sound-absorbing materials counteract this, serving a vital function while supporting the overall design.

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a calming acoustic environment
harsh noises affect stress levels

Ambient noise affects our moods, emotions, and stress levels. The right song coming on can make your day, while the wrong sounds have the opposite effect.

Acoustic products that absorb excess noise help to reduce stress while increasing productivity and feelings of well-being.

Less noise also means better connections: clearer calls and easier conversations.

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“the lombard effect”

In noisy environments, people involuntarily raise their voices which leads to a vicious cycle of increasing noise. Maybe you’ve felt this phenomenon at a loud restaurant, yelling across the table just to be heard. Acoustic materials properly applied can stop this effect from getting out of control, while maintaining the correct vibe for the space.

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When designing with acoustics in mind, starting simple is ok. Basic rectangles fit almost any space, but there is so much more you can create with our sustainable acoustic materials.

Great decorative sound-absorbing panels and other acoustic design elements are an essential part of interior design. They can and should match your aesthetic, rather than looking like an afterthought.

sound dampening wall panels
designer acoustic panels
acoustic wall covering
office acoustic panels
acoustic ceiling baffles
custom acoustic panels

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“how much acoustic material do I need?”

When sound waves are reflected back into a room by hard surfaces, they build up and get louder. This is called reverberation, and the goal is for most sound to dissipate after about half a second. Achieving that depends on the type of the room, its dimensions, and the various other surfaces. We can help you calculate the surface area of sound-absorbing materials required to get the right balance.

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keyboard noise
fan noise
noise causes stress
street noise

In the modern world, we’re constantly surrounded by sounds: the ring of phone calls, trucks driving by, keyboards & loud meetings.

Noise pollution causes irritation, distraction, difficulty learning, miscommunications, and long-term health effects.

we have the cure.

our curated collection of sustainable acoustic products
minimize excess noise and improve well-being

hexagon acoustic panels
sound dampening panels
cork acoustic tiles

We’ve partnered with world-class manufacturers who bridge the gap between design, performance, and sustainability.
Great design is hard to measure, but they’ve won awards.
For sustainability they’ve got Cradle-to-Cradle.
And how to measure acoustic performance? See below:

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below: muratto senses

how to compare and evaluate acoustic products

remember: soundproof ≠ sound-absorbing

For sound-proofing products:

For sound-absorbing products (like we’ve been discussing):

STC


sound transmission class

STC measures how much sound is blocked from passing through a material, like a wall. Results vary widely depending on the test, so pay special attention to test conditions rather than taking an STC number at face value. This is the acoustic rating used for our demountable wall systems.

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NRC


noise reduction coefficient

NRC measures how much sound a material can absorb, up to 100% (or NRC 1.0). For example, an acoustic panel with 0.95 NRC will absorb 95% of the sound energy that contacts it. The remaining 5% will either reflect back or pass through it.

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