In the new Future of Home Living report PSFK Labs looks at Hushed Interiors and how soundproofing technologies and materials are being incorporated into home products and decor to control noise levels both within and from outside people’s living spaces. A manifestation of this is Pétale, a noise dampening lamp from the lighting producer Luceplan USA.
The Pétale lamp represents an innovative approach to designing calming interiors within the home that is a dual-purpose lighting and soundproofing solution. The ceiling mounted fixture hangs above any space to create a private environment for relaxing with a book or quiet conversation. Created by designer Odile Decq, the lamp is made with sound-absorbing Ecophon and fabrics to help muffle ambient sound, which helps to minimize noise and prevent sounds from bouncing around rooms. The cloud-like lamp is designed specifically to combine a high quality of light with acoustic comfort and beautiful design.
Though the Pétale is ostensibly meant for illumination over soundproofing, incorporating noise-dampening materials into products generally has writers like Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis asking, “Should we not design things with the whole system of hearing in mind?”
Thoughtfully designed products like the Pétale and others like it show how elements of noise control are being seamlessly incorporated into products around the home and falls under a larger theme we’re 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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