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BAUX– Have Acoustic Panels and Tiles ever looked this good?

BAUX– Have Acoustic Panels and Tiles ever looked this good?

Conventional Acoustic Panels consist of acoustically absorptive filling. Traditionally, that filling has been either Foam or Fiberglass. Foam and Fiberglass, though effective, often require a very permanent installation and can be the source of health concerns down the line.

Enter the BAUX Acoustic Panels and Tiles, from Swedish design studio and manufacturers BAUX. The ingredients for these panels are simply wood-wool, cement, and water. That's it. That simple recipe makes the panels environment-friendly, recyclable and extremely low on emissions. It's also the reason why we like these panels.

 Wood-wool, cement, and water come together in BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

Wood-wool, cement, and water come together in BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

 Wood-wool, cement, and water come together in BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

Wood-wool, cement, and water come together in BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

We recently discovered BAUX, and we've got, to be honest–it was the good looks that drew us in first. Multiple, truly beautiful compositions of these panels and tiles, in locations all around the globe, caught our eye. There were shapes- both simple and composite, hues and textures that we haven't seen in other products before. To add to that, creating the intricate patterns and compositions showcased on BAUX's website isn't all that hard, thanks to their toolkit for architects. Equipped with both CAD and graphical files for Photoshop, It is possible for you to use the toolkit and generate an attractive, custom composition of tiles for a project that needs both acoustic control and aesthetic appeal.

 BAUX Natural Plank Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

BAUX Natural Plank Tiles. Image courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

Though we haven't had a chance to test the panels in the flesh ourselves, it appears that they check the box on the essential parameters: fire-proofing, sound absorption, moisture regulation ( they discourage rot and mold) and heat accumulation. Evidently the simpler, more natural mix of ingredients hasn't prevented the panels from performing exceedingly well.

On a final note, it seems that there is a compelling narrative behind these panels. The forests of Sweden are the source of both materials and inspiration for the team at BAUX. They aspire to bring that tranquility and calm, from the woods, into urban spaces–large and small–with their panels and tiles. Though it might be a tad too whimsical to imagine the qualities of the forest brought to us in the form of a manufactured tile, surprisingly almost all the built work we have seen, seems to have that calm, serene quality. We could blame it on the colors, the patterns, or just the fact that we know, all around us, absorbing sound, is a sizeable chunk of natural wood.

 BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Images courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Images courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

 BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Images courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles. Images courtesy- BAUX, Press Images

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