Stockholm 2015: Oslo studio StokkeAustad has combined colourful textiles with a selection of shinier materials to create acoustic panels that feature geometric patterns. StokkeAustad, the team led by designers Jonas Ravlo Stokke and Øystein Austad, designed the panels for 130-year-old Scandinavian textile manufacturer Gudbrandsdalen Uldvarefabrikk (GU). The designers chose to use a selection of different fabrics, and combined these with various other materials including mirrors, polished brass and Norwegian stone. “Although the materials GU produces are of very high quality, they can be perceived as a bit flat in their texture and sheen, since they are all made from wool and viscose,” explained Jonas Ravlo Stokke.
“That’s why we placed them together with other shinier materials, and put strong colours next to each other. We also find that the qualities of the different textiles are more easily evaluated when placed close together,” he added. The composite panels come in three sizes, and there are five different patterns to choose from. Each one sits within a pine frame, which has been treated with lye and pigmented oil to “enhance the experience of the textile”. According to Stokke, they can be placed on the floor or hung on the wall. StokkeAustad will present the acoustic panels at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, which opens on Tuesday. Other products designed by the studio include a collection of decorative blown-glass trees and a range of kitchen utensils.
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