Baux launch biodegradable acoustical panels made from a new plant-based material - architecture and design

Baux launch biodegradable acoustical panels made from a new plant-based material



Architectural products brand Baux has worked with a team of scientists specialising in biomimicry to create a line of biodegradable acoustic panels.
Made from a new paper-like, plant-based material, the series of nine panels was developed with Swedish industrial design studio Form Us With Love, in collaboration with scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The new chemical-free pulp material is based on over 25 years of research and formed of organically modified cellulosic fibres taken from recycled streams of Swedish pine and spruce trees.
The wood is first broken down into a liquid cellulose form before this pulp is dried out, in a process similar to making paper.

The wood fibres are then modified to mimic the natural protective properties of various plants such as the fire-retardancy properties of grass roots, the water-repellency of lotus flowers, or the strength of the catalytic combination of potatoes, plant wax and citrus fruits. Working with the manufacturer, the team initially experimented with mixing in shrimp shells, but these didn't prove strong enough and they were unable to locate a sustainable supply chain for this ingredient.

Launched during this week's Stockholm Design Week, which runs until 10 February, the panels feature one of three patterns that are cut using advanced laser-cutting technology.
The panel with straight indented lines is called Sense, whilst Pulse and Energy both have zig-zagged surfaces.
The laser-cut patterns form nan...
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