5., 6., 7. BuzziSpace provides a variety of
different space dividers, including the
BuzziDesk FlipFlop ( 5), the BuzziHub ( 6),
and the BuzziHood ( 7).
too. Armstrong World Industries has a line of traditional acoustic wall panel
systems in a variety of materials (mineral wool, fiber glass, perforated wood),
and its Total Acoustics line of ceiling panels both absorbs and blocks sound. If
you’re looking for wall panels with more visual impact, however, Swedish furniture company Offecct offers richly textured acoustic wall panels by name-brand
designers like Karim Rashid.
“MASKING” MORE THAN SOUND
Likewise, furniture can both block and absorb sound, and a small group of
furniture-makers are crafting their product lines to use contemporary aesthetics
to stylishly tackle noise reduction. BuzziSpace, a Belgian company that’s been in
the United States for four years, makes acoustic space dividers of any scale, from
head-to-toe movable walls with a playful profile of neon-colored mountains to
foldable dividers that can be stowed in a messenger bag and set up at the next
coffee shop that becomes your mobile office. Covered in soft “eco-felt” recycled
PET plastic, BuzziSpace’s traditional furniture and privacy pods come with or
without integrated seating—all in a bright palette of rounded corners assembled
with a kind of bounce-house enthusiasm. Several of their products apply acoustic privacy with surgical precision and minimal impact on surrounding spaces.
The company’s BuzziHood is part privacy phone booth, meant for workers to
lean into while they make a quick call from their cell phones.
Smartly deployed furniture and panel systems can make any space library-quiet. But these features, and quieter HVAC systems like chilled beams,
can make things a little too quiet when a single hushed syllable can be as