As we explore our Future of Home Living report, Another example of the Hushed Interiors trend, which looks at the ways that designers are seamlessly integrating sound-proofing elements into everyday design, is Soft Cells, which are wall coverings that absorb sound as well as emit light. Produced by consumer electronics manufacturer Philips Lighting in collaboration with Danish furniture manufacturer Kvadrat, the panels integrate soundproofing and multicolored LED lights to create “luminous textiles” that enhance a room’s ambiance through the display of light and dynamic visual content. The sound absorbing properties of the material allow it to soften echoes and muffle sharp noises, and have a number of practical applications such as reducing the “acoustic smog” in any size space.
The dual-purpose solution fits within a larger movement being identified by industry experts. Poppy Elliott, the marketing director of Quiet Mark, a ratings system that helps consumers find the quietest technologies for their home, was quoted in the NY Times as saying, “Noise reduction is the new eco-megatrend.” This shift in perspective mirrors our culture’s changing attitudes about personal health, as we approach wellness from a more holistic point of view. When are home environments are more tranquil, our general lifestyles can’t help but improve.
Technologies like Soft Cells and others like it show how elements of noise control are being seamlessly incorporated into products around the home and fall under a larger them we are calling Equilibrium, which points to the way architects and designers are integrating feelings of balance, health, and well-being into people’s living spaces and everyday lives.
PSFK has announced the latest in a series of trend reports. Following studies into retail, social media, gaming, work and mobile, the PSFK Labs consulting team have generated the Future of Home Living report. That report manifests as a free summary presentation, an in-depth downloadable PDF and an exhibition in New York City that runs to August 16.
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