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From engraved mural design features to opaque room dividers - Suspended Note™ helps to either create a free-flowing passage to where all teams are viewed through an intricately cut out bespoke mural that helps to also reduce levels of reverberation, giving the subtle division to a room. Or create opaque dividers with no mural design for vast open spaces that do not wish to build walls and doors, but find reverb to be an issue. This can range in performance depending on its final mural cut out, but the suspension of any Sound Absorption material in a free-standing space allows the exposure of more surfaces which increases to the reduction of sound energy bouncing around the room. Typically we see Suspended Note™ in a Class A category.
If you find yourself amid a creative block, or only just wanting to spark a little inspiration for your interior design project - look no further than our select case studies to give you a taste of what is possible. Maybe there is something you like but would like to change, perhaps there is something you dislike or the perfect design, but all you want is a different colour - whatever it is, we can help you narrow your options and discuss them with you.
We offer a bespoke product tailoring for our Suspended Note™ with our in-house designer to help cater to your requirements - do contact us on 01937 588 226 today to discuss.
If you are an interior designer working closely on intricate and expressive designs, or you are an individual bursting with beautiful ideas for your new environment, we can help those ideas or basic sketches, mental or visual - come to life!
Our in-house design team can help you every step of the way by bringing them to the physical world as we look at how each idea is best structured and how it will fit together,
Then we create visualisations of each space (both existing spaces or new spaces alongside the architect’s visualisation) to see how they will look in placement. We then send this off to our cutting team who have state-of-the-art precision cutting tools - and then finally we send these flat packed to your installation team, or our installation team if you’re looking for the whole package.
Your space could be one that adopts the full range of a wall to wall space to create a particular feeling of openness, it could be a gymnasium of significant size that finds weights being dropped are reverberated through an entire area. Or it could be a classroom to where the pupils or students are pressed to hear anything clearly and thus losing attention, concentration and missing relevant information. In any of these scenarios, our Suspended Note™ can be used to create free-standing partitions without the creation of a wall.
Each Suspended Note™ is precision cut to provide a stunning level of consistency and ease of fitting, it is flat packed with suspension wires and instructions for assembly if you fancy yourself a DIY enthusiast, or if not we have an installation team happy to help put these in place for you!
|Fire rating||B, s1, d0|
A straightforward explanation of reverberation is that it is the result of sound trapped in a room, and not the sound moving through a partition such as a wall, floor or ceiling. When this sound is 'trapped' without anything to absorb it, it will begin to bounce off reflective surfaces. Some examples of reflective surfaces are glass, wood, stone and even plasterboard. When a soundwave comes into contact with these surfaces, it reflects on to another surface, and then another until that sound disappears or falls below a certain sound level, one below the background noise level. It is this reflective sound energy that leads to misinterpreting or failing to hear speech in classrooms, sports halls and swimming pools, three typical examples of where reverberation is a negative effect. But, we need reverberation to help carry our voice or to carry musical performances such as in auditoriums or classical music halls, each one designed to have its own unique sound. Creating a completely absorbent environment will leave the sound very 'dry' and unnatural, and you will need to introduce further distribution of sound systems or public address systems to make up for this.
There is a 'sweet spot' for every environment, and you will need to factor in each type of event or purpose of your room so that we can together make the right decision in what levels are best suited for reverberation.
In these cavernous-like halls and in the petite critical-listening spaces, it is the introduction of soft materials that begin to introduce absorptive surfaces. It is the addition of these that turn sound energy into thermal energy when the sound wave makes contact, but don't worry, the heat generated from this is not noticeable, you will not feel the panel increasing in heat. These sound absorptive materials will often need even spacing through the open space on walls and ceilings, and careful placement of these to maximise performance as the sound 'bounces' around the room.
Reverberation is a complex issue to understand, especially if you are looking at the mathematical equations that predict the level of reverberation, or at estimations made from acoustic modelling, or even the results from acoustic testing and what they mean to you and your project. We briefly explain each of these points as just as possible, from what reverberation is and how it can affect us especially our communication and our concentration. We aim to update this as often as we can with new research and provide blogs on areas revolving around reverberation.
Solutions for reverberation are treated on a room to room basis, there is no set amount required for a certain size, or for specific shapes for there are multiple structural properties that can shape the soundscape. The volume of the room by size is a significant factor, but there is also the geometry of the room and how it creates different reflections, and there is the material make-up of the space, whether it is breeze block walls or full glass partitions - each reacts to sound differently. It is easy to recognise when reverberation is an issue for anyone struggling to communicate will make it evident even if not direct, hard reflective spaces like sports halls are an excellent example of where excessive reverb is problematic - mainly when it is used for assemblies of pupils or used as lecture and event talks. In short, there is no immediate answer to these particular questions without knowing the following:
First we aim to create an estimated acoustic modelling of the room or look to carry out an Acoustic Test, we then we look at required levels alongside your budget in mind for introducing Suspended Note™ to your space and discussing visual requirements to how you would like each Note™ to appear in terms of colour scheme and their arrangement.
Suspended Note™ is for the reduction of reverberation and not for sound transmission, the difference is whether the noise is created and heard as problematic internally - reverb, or from another room to where it travels through walls, floors or ceilings, sound transmission. Reverb requires sound absorption like our Suspended Note™ or the rest featured in our Note™, and sound transmission needs sound proofing like those featured in our MuteRange. For effective sound control across almost any environment is a combination of both of these to assure the best acoustic quality possible across spaces and internally.
Suspended Note™ is made of 100% Polyester Fibres which makes it safe for almost any internal application for there are not exposed irritants or loose fibres - of this 65% comes from Post Consumer Recycled Content with 35% from Pre Consumer Recycled PET fibres.
Fire Rating is measured under EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009: B - s1, d0.
We talk a lot of workspaces focusing on office environments creating an open-plan arrangement - but the culinary space is too, exposed ceilings, minimal internal designs with hard finished surfaces and with an open style kitchen area which creates a visually stunning environment that aims to encourage interaction and a display of theatre to the cooking process. But this comes with the noise that the kitchen creates and if this often loud environment itis reverberated around the dining area this would lead to intolerance of interaction between customers potentially damaging the experience. Suspended Note™ works as a beautifully sophisticated and sleek design that works well against restaurant and café installations, our only recommendation to start is to use darker colour schemes in areas where vapour and smoke are expected to avoid any staining appearing over time.
Suspended Note™ is relatively straightforward to install as there is no assembly required, suspension wires are provided in their recommended quantity with each size of panel fitted.
Multiple shapes can be cut out of our Suspended Note™, so whether you want Pentagons, Heptagons or Dodecahedrons - we can cut them as part of the customisation process, they can all be done in a range of colours in a single space or just a unique colour scheme throughout - it is your choice!