Wall and ceiling manufacturers continue
to develop products that improve acoustics, mold and mildew
resistance, and design flexibility, while furthering the ongoing
effort to be sustainable. The following roundup includes a
breathable wall covering and the latest 3D ceiling
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The Soft Wall (above) can create a flexible private
space within a larger room.
Flexible textile walls expand
and compress to create rooms-within-a-room
Soft Wall is a flexible partition prefabricated
from 600 thin layers of a soft, translucent, nonwoven
textile. The product is currently in development by
molo design, the product design firm founded by Canadian
architects Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, whose
architectural endeavors include a $110 million public
space project in Aomori, Japan.
Soft Walls expandable honeycomb structure optimizes
the textiles acoustic-dampening properties, can
transmit or absorb light, is compressible for storage
and transport, and allows the walls to open, curve,
or fold away when not in use. The wall measures a mere
inch in length when compressed and extends to lengths
of 20' or more when expanded.
Another concept from molo design is the Soft House,
a housing system that utilizes the same honeycomb structure
and applies it to an enclosed room. Intended to provide
a flexible relationship between the private and public
spaces of the home, the structure allows rooms and walls
to open in a variety of ways or completely fold away
when not in use.
Working closely with a non-woven-textile manufacturer
and honeycomb fabricators, the architects are designing
the material for both Soft Wall and Soft House to be
flame-, U.V.-, and chemical-resistant, as well as 100
percent recyclable and made with recycled content. The
studio hopes to have a 4' and 6' version of the wall
available in spring 2005. molo design, Vancouver. www.molodesign.com
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helps hide the grid
Ledges, a new suspended ceiling from Armstrong,
provides architects with the 3D look and clean, smooth
finish of embossed plaster at a fraction of the cost.
The ceilings design, reminiscent of Old World
raised-panel woodwork, adds dimension and architectural
detailing to spaces ranging from building lobbies and
corridors to hospitality and retail settings. The panels
distinctive repeating pattern also helps hide the grid
system while still providing the accessibility of a
The 24'' x 24'' panels have a square edge detail and
install easily in an Armstrong Prelude 15¼16''
suspension system. Ledges ceiling panels carry a Class
A UL Flame Spread rating and have a Light Reflectance
value of .80, meaning they reflect 80 percent of the
light that strikes them to help them brighten a space.
Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pa. www.armstrong.com
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Hand-cast-resin rotating partition
Working with poured cast resin as a base material, the
L.A.-based firm em [collaborative studio] offers a range
of products, including lighting, tables, chairs, and accessories.
The studios Helix 3D partition wall features rotating
translucent resin panels with stainless-steel rods, plates,
and collars in a mirror or brushed finish. Each 24'' high
x 36'' long panel is separated from the next by a 3''
space. The wall system shown here features mixed surface
treatments, including all frosted and one side frosted/one
side patterned. Since each piece is produced manually,
there may be slight dimension and color variations from
piece to piece. em [collaborative studio], Los Angeles.
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