The BAUX exhibit at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair was something to behold, a monochromatic and minimalist pantheon built at architectural scale, a display that earned the architectural acoustic material company the Editors’ Choice for “Best Stand Award”. The assemblage wasn’t merely for show, but also for tell effectively demonstrating the aesthetic and functional properties of their latest release: 100% bio-based and laser perforated Acoustic Pulp Panels.
Firsthand experience encompassed within the BAUX exhibit at the Stockholm Furniture Fair offered a convincing argument for the efficacy of the Scandinavian-designed panels, with the ever-present environmental clamor of the packed trade show dulled immediately into an oasis we felt little desire to leave. Photos by: Jonas Lindström
The materials used to manufacture each BAUX Acoustic Pulp panel practically reads like the ingredients list for an edible health food rather than an architectural building material: sustainably harvested Swedish fir and pine trees, recycled water, citrus fruit peels, non-GMO wheat bran, potato starch, and plant-derived wax.
BAUX’s commitment to creating a 100% bio-based resource for buildings extends to the limited, but pleasing range of three naturally derived hues achieved by adding varying percentages of wheat bran, ranging from 0% to 5% to finally 30%. Combined with three patterns inspired by origami, BAUX offers nine color-pattern combinations without the addition of any chemicals.
The panel surface is nano-perforated using lasers to create an aesthetic finish, but importantly to impart the surface with excellent sound absorption properties.
Johan Ronnestam and Fredrik Franzon co-founded architectural acoustic material company BAUX in partnership with Swedish industrial design studio Form Us With Love’s founders Jonas Petterson, John Löfgren and Petrus Palmér with the purpose of pushing the bounds of material science, and it appears they’ve created an environmentally-friendly interior material with exemplary sound absorption, thermal insulation and storage capacity, and aesthetic designs yet again. Our own ears and eyes can attest to their efforts.