This hanging acoustic panel method by Swedish style student Johanna Jacobson Backman has LEDs set into the underside to give lighting for desks positioned below.

Created by Swedish lighting brand Zero, the Block panels are designed to soak up substantial and low frequency sounds to produce a more pleasant functioning environment.

Their half-oval shapes are mirrored in the cable-tidy technique that is also used to suspend the panels from the ceiling.

Block by Johanna Jacobson

The notion was devised by ex-electrician and Linné University student Johanna Jacobson Backman in her second year of a style degree, in the course of an market collaboration with Zero.

The brand liked her thought so significantly that it made the decision to place Block into manufacturing.

“Johanna’s style impressed us, as it was actually revolutionary and would work in all types of spaces exactly where you need light- and sound-absorbing characteristics,” Zero’s Per Gill informed Dezeen.

Block by Johanna Jacobson

The college students were every single given an LED module and briefed to think about workplace lighting.

Even though other college students employed the characteristics of LED lighting to generate slim and minimal lights, Backman set about making the greatest light she could.

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“I really like to flip factors upside down and feel in the other path,” she informed Dezeen. The idea for adding sound absorption came to her when considering what perform such a big surface spot could serve.

Block by Johanna Jacobson

Backman’s background as an electrician came into perform when creating the cabling method.

“I in fact thought about how easy it would be for the electrician to hang it and mount it, so when Block is positioned in a row, the cable goes up and mounts at the same spot,” she said.

The resulting circles and diamonds designed by the good and adverse shapes of the cable and panels form a harlequin-inspired pattern.

Block by Johanna Jacobson

“I desired to generate a pattern that would break the often straight lines of office locations,” explained the designer.

The panels are offered in 600 and one,200 millimetre lengths, and 400 or 800 millimetre heights.

“I hope individuals dare to be playful with Block and use it in a lot of diverse techniques by combining the distinct sizes, and hanging it in groups, zigzags or at a variety of ranges to develop their own pattern,” said Backman.

Block by Johanna Jacobson

Block was presented at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair and Milan’s Salone del Mobile by Zero, which also debuted a series of lamps wrapped in pastel-coloured textiles for 2015.

Oslo studio StokkeAustad has also combined acoustic panels with added performance, incorporating a choice of reflective materials into geometric panels. Swedish studio Kind Us With Love’s variety of colourful acoustic panels produced from sustainable resources had been just lately launched beneath the new brand Baux.



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