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Interview #34 Frida Lihnblå

Text: Matt Carey
Photo: Lasse Olsson

All around the world, architects and designers are using BAUX Acoustic Tiles and Panels in exciting projects for great brands. In a series of newsletters, we aim to introduce you to a selection of projects and the mind masters behind the designs of these acoustic artworks. We simply will call these newsletters Interviews #.

This week we’re talking to Frida Lihnblå, Head of Sales Sweden at BAUX, about Ebbe Park in Linköping.

How has BAUX been involved at Ebbe Park?
Interior architects, Arrow Architects & Winell Jern, were looking for acoustic materials for Repfabriken in Ebbe Park. It’s a large-scale installation; a wall that covers the length and height of several floors in the building. BAUX is excellent at reducing noise reflections in these kinds of large open spaces, so it was an effective addition to the space.

BAUX has also made a visual impact right?
Yes, the designers were looking for a material that had functional and aesthetic properties. The beauty of BAUX is it does both. You can fix acoustics and BAUX products give you the opportunity to create something fun and playful, which benefits everyone working in the building.

Is acoustic design something we should all think more about?
Yes we think so! Noise can be so distracting. The trend for open workspaces has meant that there’s a greater risk that noise affects productivity. In our experience, a quieter building means less stress and more focus. Entry spaces and receptions are often open and airy spaces. Good acoustic design can make a big difference to the first impressions visitors make when they enter your building.

How do you recommend designers plan their BAUX designs?
We have some great resources on our website. I would start by checking out our photo galleries for some inspiration! We also have a pattern tool and the BAUX Book of Acoustics, which gives lots of tips and guidance for designers. Our sales team can help with direct information about designs and orders for your specific project.

For this type of large-scale installation, how do you recommend designers install BAUX designs?
BAUX materials are light and easy to lift, so in the case of Ebbe Park where the BAUX design covers several floors, all you need is a secure way working at this kind of scale. BAUX materials can be fixed on all types of surfaces. For large scale installations like Ebbe Park, glue or screws are most practical, but we also ship tiles with magnets and metal sheeting which is fixed to the wall. This gives some flexibility if say you ever wanted to rearrange a BAUX design.

What would you dream BAUX project be?
My absolute dream would be to redecorate all schools in Sweden with BAUX! I believe BAUX has a lot to contribute in creating the right environment for children to learn!

Visit the case Ebbe Park to learn more about the project or visit the inspiration page for other BAUX Acoustic interior design projects.