Our level of sophistication strives to be ever higher, and we no longer treat our surroundings based on their form and colour, but on more refined elements, namely sensory elements. Of these, sound is perhaps the least considered, but it is surely one of the most important elements, especially when considering that damage to hearing is as yet irreparable. Scientists and industry experts expect the issue to become increasingly a topical interest, and for acoustic comfort to become an indispensable need for everyone.
The issue of acoustics is very complex, extremely simple and non-invasive solutions are needed to resolve it. The project developed with Caimi is an acoustic panel that is made with one single material, polyester, which in addition to its excellent absorbent qualities is completely recyclable, as it does not contain any other materials. Snowsound Acoustic Panels are light, colourful and sufficiently basic to be used even to personalise the surrounding area, as it can be fully inserted in a contemporary context. It can be hung and supported on a stand: it is practical and inexpensive.
Sound is formed by waves that tend to be reflected from solid surfaces having limited absorption capacity such as, for example, concrete, marble, or glass. In rooms made with these types of materials, often very annoying echoes can be created, making it difficult to listen and converse in comfort. Sound absorbing materials are created from the need to improve acoustics in these environments.
The sound absorbing characteristics of traditional products tend to demonstrate less capacity to absorb low frequencies (below 500Hz), progressively more with regard to the midrange (between 500 and 2,000Hz) and to a greater extent with regard to the high frequencies (above 2,000Hz).
The brilliant intuition at the heart of Snowsound’s® patented technology is based on the use of acoustic panels composed of material with variable densities, which functions to achieve selective absorption at different frequencies and thus to optimise the acoustical environment notwithstanding the pronounced thinness of the panels. The absence of frames and seams and the unusual characteristics of the material in the fabrication of the panels, render them extremely light, unobtrusive, and adaptable to any environment.
In the designing of these acoustic panels the objective set was to obtain the entire recyclability of the product at the end of its useful life, in a manner both simple and rapid. For this reason, the panels have been made entirely of polyester; therefore they are "single material" and 100% recyclable without the need of having to separate the outer fabric from the sound-absorbing inner material. Also, all components are made of single materials, plastic or metal and easily disassembled, thus permitting recycling the whole product at 100%. The use of high quality materials and processing, moreover, make it possible to obtain longer product usage life, resulting in reduced consumption of materials and energy.
The number and variety of attachment systems make it possible to meet various acoustic exigencies, designing and architectural. The application of the panels can be: to walls, ceilings, wiring, with magnetic fittings or on self-supporting structures.