This object is currently on display in room 103 as part of Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound. See our image rights statement.

 

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Fabric Panel, ARO Array Hanging Panel

This is a Fabric panel. It was designed by ARO (founded 1993) and manufactured by FiltzFelt. Its medium is 100% wool design felt.

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

It is credited Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 261.6 × 156.2 cm (8 ft. 7 in. × 5 ft. 1 1/2 in.)

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