Office memo: smart sound solutions for the workplace
Whether it’s perfecting it or avoiding it, sound plays a vital role in our office life.
New sound solutions come in the shape of Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A6: a speaker with integrated music services, it can stream from any device. Eschewing a traditionally cold sound-system look, the A6 is covered in a wool-blend textile specially developed in collaboration with Kvadrat, available in four subtle colours, from grey to blue.
Similarly innovative from a technical and aesthetic point of view is the Series 5 system by Linn: the minimal speakers are covered in a fabric that was acoustically optimised and developed in a variety of shades and patterns. So you can be as minimalist or as flamboyant as you wish. Revisiting a classic, Bowers & Wilkins has developed a completely wireless version of its celebrated Zeppelin speaker, giving a more contemporary technology to a sound classic.
Team with a series of aesthetically flexible wall panels, designed by Barcelona-based design studio Lievore Altherr Molina, that have been engineered to reduce background noise – a visually dynamic solution that will make it far easier to concentrate when working in shared environments.
As originally featured in the November 2015 issue of Wallpaper* (W*200)
BeoPlay A6, £799, by Bang & Olufsen, www.beoplay.com. Series 5, covered in Slate fabric, from £9,250, by Linn, www.linn.co.uk. Zeppelin Wireless speaker, £500, by Bowers & Wilkins, www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk. Parentesit panels, from £583, by Lievore Altherr Molina, for Arper. ‘Tapet Café Tile’ fabric in charcoal/linen, £59 per m, by Erica Wakerly, www.ericawakerly.co.uk