Hunter Douglas Architectural has celebrated the fifth anniversary of the launch of its award-winning HeartFelt ceiling and wall system. The world’s first felt ceiling system has revolutionised how designers and architects apply their designs. Not only is it budget friendly, but it is also made from 100 per cent recyclable material, including the carrier system.
Since the innovative linear ceiling system was introduced to the world in 2017 – going on to win the prestigious Red Dot Award in the product design category that year – Hunter Douglas has introduced new and exciting applications for the system, enabling designers to choose a sustainable product that is also aesthetically pleasing.
One of the latest projects is the installation of 100-square-metres of HeartFelt Origami ceiling panels – the newest line in the HeartFelt collection – in the new headquarters for Equity Release Supermarket in Warrington, Cheshire. The client wanted a fresh, new look for its HQ and designer Studio SDA Architecture specified HeartFelt Origami ceilings for several meeting rooms and the reception.
HeartFelt Origami is based on the ancient Japanese folding techniques, which give the felt panels additional rigidity and superior acoustic properties, as well as a particularly attractive finish. Because there are five different sizes, the designer has the freedom to choose a shape, or combination of shapes, that best suits a particular space. Striking tones or single colour designs can be created by selecting from five shades of grey, ranging from white to black.
Acoustic comfort is another of the attractions of a HeartFelt ceiling, and tests have shown that with the linear system absorption values (αw) between 0.45 (module 100) and 0.70 (module 50) can be achieved. With the Origami, that increases to a sound absorption value of αW 0.8, ensuring reverberation and noise in busy office landscapes, public buildings or other premises are greatly reduced.
The HeartFelt collection now comprises linear ceiling and wall systems, which are available in rounded and box-shaped panels; baffles; origami; and the multipanel, which provides even greater design freedom because it allows the felt system to be mixed with other Hunter Douglas ceiling panels.
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