The spectrum of sound that surrounds us, and the different acoustic characteristics created by the way we now use interior spaces can be as varied as the colours of the rainbow; a fact highlighted by the timely update of Ecophon’s comprehensive Focus range. Along with an even greater choice of colours and improvements to installation and transition details, the acoustic ceiling family now also includes a new and innovative solution – Ecophon Focus EzTM.
Ecophon recognises the way in which the senses of sight and hearing are inextricably linked in creating people’s perception of their surroundings; and therefore the necessity of considering both together when designing interiors. Through the combined offering of vibrant colour and outstanding acoustic control, the essence of Focus is in delighting the eyes while soothing the mind.
As Ecophon’s most comprehensive product family, Focus was created to support and their activities. Focus offers excellent acoustic properties and appealing looks, giving the opportunity for visual flair and design flexibility, to ensure that almost any project need can be met. But before the solution can be implemented, it is important to truly understand the acoustic challenge of the room itself.
Ecophon call this approach ‘activity based acoustic design’, a concept that considers three main influences on the comfort of the room: Activity, People & Space. The designer should evaluate the noise that could be generated by occupants from phone calls, meetings, lessons or perhaps a performance; as well as the personality, age range and other attributes of the occupants. These factors must then be considered alongside the size, location and materials forming the room.
Analysis completed, the appropriate acoustic treatment, such an acoustic ceiling and wall panels, can be utilised to control the reflection, propagation and reverberation of sound within the space, helping to create acoustic comfort as well as visual interest.
The revised Focus family of products encompasses an expanded range of 16 AkutexTM colours, inspired by the tones found in nature. There are 11 standard sizes, 10 edge details and six innovative design solutions addressing locations such as level changes and wall transitions.
New to the family is Ecophon Focus Ez TM: an asymmetric tegular tile, which can be installed in different orientations to create angles and forms across the ceiling. Ez also integrates easily with any of the three different lighting solutions to enhance a ceiling installation.
Focus offers interior designers, architects and acousticians an unrivalled toolbox for creating an activity-based solution to a building’s audible performance, combined with visual impact.
For more information on the Focus range, visit www.ecophon.com/uk
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