Offices are notoriously noisy and distracting places, and noise from others has long been a main complaint among employees. The key to a quieter office may be hidden in a can of crisps. BuzziSpace, a Belgian furniture, acoustics and lighting company, has just unveiled its latest line of acoustic panels and lighting for offices, and according to founder and CEO Steve Symons, the design was “inspired by the playful curved shape of the classic Pringles chip.”
[Photo: courtesy BuzziSpace]The fabric-covered foam panels, which indeed look like giant floating Pringles chips, are intended to float above desks, conference rooms and reception areas in offices. Optional pendant lights provide illumination, while the curved Pringles chip shape both captures sound and reflects light.
[Photo: courtesy BuzziSpace]“When designing the new acoustic light, we wanted to create a product that not only absorbed an excessive amount of sound, but also created an amount of ambient light for the workplace,” explains Symons via email. The potato chip offered a solution. “The jagged curve and bulky body help achieve both.”
[Photo: courtesy BuzziSpace]The curved panels are made of honeycomb foam and are available in three different lengths. They can be upholstered in different fabrics and colours. Symons says the parabolic shape of the panels allows them to absorb mid, low and high frequencies, although there are more effective sound absorbing panels on the market. And technically, the shape doesn’t exactly follow the stackable precise geometry of the Pringles chip, a saddle-like shape known as a hyperbolic paraboloid.
[Photo: courtesy BuzziSpace]For BuzziSpace, the design was not intended to mimic the shape of the classic chip or even to be the best possible sound absorber. The main goal was to make a statement. “We don’t want to design products that blend in with their environment,” says Symons.
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