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Product Design

What Is Soft Sound® & Why Is It Beneficial to Commercial Projects?

October 27, 2021
SoundStar® faceted, acoustical system installed in 71 Above restaurant.

When it comes to commercial interior design, you wouldn’t treat the aesthetic needs of a hospital the same as an office building. Or a school the same as a hotel. So why would you treat their acoustic needs the same way? 

After all, regardless of the project type, one factor is constant — acoustic comfort is key to a functional and pleasing space.

That’s why commercial projects turn to PET felt for architectural drop ceilings. Made from 100%-PET plastic, with up to 60%-recycled content, our Soft Sound® material is a versatile acoustic product that can be installed as wall tiles, ceiling baffles & fins, and as an acoustic backer for metal ceiling panels.

What is Soft Sound®, and why is it beneficial to commercial projects? Let’s dive in and learn all about Soft Sound®.

What Is PET Plastic?

Short for polyethylene terephthalate, PET plastic is the component used for lots of everyday materials like water bottles and takeout containers. When PET is used as a fiber or for fabric applications, commonly referred to as polyester.

Now let’s pause for a quick history lesson. 

In the 1940s, polyester was first patented as a textile fiber by chemists at DuPont and used as a fiber for fabric. In the 1970s, researchers developed technology that allowed strands of PET to be molded into bottles. The first PET bottle was patented in 1973, and it took the bottling world by storm as it was able to contain carbonated drinks. 

This material has fallen out of favor for bottles in recent years due to how long it takes to completely degrade — 450 years! — and how many are used globally each minute — 1 million! Though plastic bottles are recyclable, only 30% are recycled in America. But don’t worry, it isn’t all bad news.

When PET plastic is recycled, it is often turned into polyester felt. In its polyester form, the textile industry makes up about 60% of overall PET consumption, by manufacturing fabrics, felt, clothing and acoustic products. Since it is made from up to 100% recycled content, it is a sustainable choice for noise control, and its versatility means that it is available in a wide range of colors. We use it to create Soft Sound® material.

Benefits of Soft Sound® for Commercial Projects

Acoustic comfort is a necessary component of good design. However, acoustic products like standard drop tiles or outdated fabric partitions don’t always enhance the aesthetics of a design. Soft Sound® acoustic products are highly adaptable to a wide range of acoustic needs and can elevate any design — while still performing their main function as acoustic support.

Build the Best Solution

Acoustic wall panels in different variations of size and different shades of grey with a black table and lamp in front of the wall.

“Grayscale Tiles” Featuring: Soft Sound® Tiles by Arktura

 

Soft Sound® Tiles are available in five standard sizes and can be field-trimmed to create the ideal building blocks to enhance acoustics and aesthetics in any space. Made from Soft Sound® acoustic material, they come in dozens of color options that include wood textures. Since they can adhere directly to the wall, installation is almost effortless.

Apply Targeted Sound Control

Red Wall panels with three different black tables with white chairs in front of the paneling.

“GrubHub” Philadelphia, PA, Shive Hattery, James John Jetel, Inc (Photographer), Featuring: SoftScreen® by Arktura

 

In certain settings, acoustic material is most beneficial when placed vertically as a panel or as tiles on the wall. This type of targeted sound control is made even better with dramatic sound attenuating SoftScreen® panels made from Soft Sound® material. SoftScreen® panels can be mounted in a variety of ways, and there are numerous pattern and color options available.

A man walking through a hallway that has light wood floors and small alcoves for people to sit and relax.

“Dr Ying Peng Ti – Corporate Drive” Ladera Ranch, CA, Synthesis, Featuring: Soft Sound® Acoustic Wall Coverings by Arktura

 

A small waiting area calls for innovative acoustic solutions. To meet these needs, custom Soft Sound® Acoustic Wall Coverings rise to the challenge, absorbing sound and enhancing the room’s design. 

Mix and Match Products to Enhance Acoustic Comfort and Aesthetics

A lobby with eye-catching acoustic ceiling clouds and stairs that bridge the lobby to a hallway leading to another part of the building.

“One Medical Lobby” Chicago, IL, Callison RTKL, Featuring: Soft Sound® Acoustic Wall Coverings by Arktura

 

Many designs call for more than one acoustic product to fully control noise and create a comfortable environment. Combining acoustic ceiling clouds with Soft Sound® Acoustic Wall Coverings provides just the right mix of sound control in a sophisticated product. The wood textures offered by Soft Sound® acoustic products elevate the design in an interesting and elegant way.

Room designed with blue, white and tan, offering seating options for people to utilize when they come into the space

“Sky Blue” Featuring: Atmosphera® Adaptive Versa 3D by Arktura

 

The range of colors and patterns of products using Soft Sound® material means that you can create a one-of-a-kind stunning design. The fins of Atmosphera® Adaptive Versa 3D are the perfect place to make your mark on the design. This scene gives the illusion of multiple colors through light and shadow, though the ceiling is actually entirely in Group A Sky Blue, creating a wave effect that works in conjunction with SoftScreen® panels for a multi-dimensional look complete with acoustic comfort.

Scale to Your Needs

Acoustic drop ceilings shown in red and grey with small can lights shining through the soft sound material.

“CMM 5820” Woodland Hills, CA, ENV, Costea Photography, Featuring: SoftGrid® Switch by Arktura

 

Whether you need to create acoustic comfort in a small or large area, acoustical drop ceiling tiles and baffles made from Soft Sound® material are scalable to your space.

Gathering area with dark lighting and acoustic baffles on the ceiling. Various seating options are available, and a view of the city is seen through large windows.

“71 Above Restaurant” Los Angeles, CA, Tag Front, Featuring: SoundStar® acoustic baffles by Arktura

 

SoundStar® acoustic baffles can be used for targeted sound control over a conference table or collaboration space. They can also span across an entire ceiling to not only create acoustic comfort but also create an aesthetically pleasing three-dimensional design.

Add Depth and Dimension

A common room with various tables and seating areas with people relaxing and talking to each other.

“Building Cure” Seattle, WA, Aedas, Benjamin Benschneider (Photographer), Featuring: Atmosphera® Adaptive Analog 3D by Arktura

 

Boring, flat ceilings are a thing of the past with Arktura. Using architectural drop ceiling tiles, acoustic baffles or fins made from Soft Sound® material, as seen here with Atmosphera® Adaptive Analog 3D, adds depth and dimension to a space while supporting acoustic comfort in a large area.

Space where people can enjoy a meal with different seating options. There are bar stools around a curved island with a sink available.

“Confidential Client” New York, NY, HLW, Chris Cooper (Photographer), Featuring: SoftFold® ceiling system by Arktura

 

Utilizing a complex pattern creates a powerful design. The dimensional patterning of the modular SoftFold® ceiling system plays with the relationship between light and shadow while the Soft Sound® acoustic material absorbs sound to create a comfortable and unique space. 

Meet Your Commercial Project’s Needs With Soft Sound®

With a stunning array of products, Arktura ensures that the acoustic needs of your commercial project will be met with elegance and style. Our Soft Sound® material, made of PET fabric with up to 60% recycled content, is a sustainable way to achieve acoustic performance and stunning designs. Our innovative products allow you to bring your architectural drop ceiling vision to life in a myriad of ways.

Contact the acoustic experts at Arktura today to get inspiration from our design team and see your vision come to life.