08/04/2021 - Axolight presents Bell, Layers, Ukiyo, Velvet, Plumage and Skirt acoustic lighting, six new versions of some of the company's most representative collections. One year has passed since Axolight presented the new version of U-Light, masterfully integrated with a sound-absorbing panel to ensure the reduction of environmental reverberation, but research and development of innovative products capable of improving the performance of its lamps have not stopped.
The main objective around which the first research activities were concentrated - which initially saw the Axolight Laboratories work alongside SID (The Italian School of Design) and Matech (the Italian center of excellence on the research of innovative materials), both part of the Galileo Visionary District – Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico di Padova - was to implement the lamps with new contents, without changing the design.
“Axolight is a company that, over the years, has embarked on a journey of stylistic and technical innovation, always maintaining as a cornerstone the concept of 'synthesis’, that is the ability to ‘gather’ more skills and properties in a single product, protecting its design” says Mr. Giuseppe Scaturro – CEO of Axolight.
Its research activities and subsequent development and testing activities - specifically carried out with the support of a team of independent professionals - have in fact led to the transformation of six historic collections of Axolight lamps into sound-absorbing ones.
“The topic around which we focused our research activity was the role of materials in an era in which one of the keywords for architectural spaces is multifunctionality, or the hybridization of space”, says Mr. Scaturro. “Just think of the actual uses of private and public places, such as domestic environments (where you sleep, live, work, eat, cook, clean, talk), or public places such as bars, hotels, airports. All this has generated and will generate different needs. In this way, lamps adapt, they evolve, they become a hub, a synthesis tool to illuminate, soundproof as well as furnish”.
Bell, Layers, Ukiyo, Velvet, Plumage, Skirt and U-Light available in the sound-absorbing version
Designed by Manuel Vivian, the Bell lamp is covered in fireproof pongé fabric and is available in 10 colors. Characterized by a “bell” shape, more or less elongated depending on the diameter, which varies from a minimum of 45 cm to a maximum of 180 cm, it is available in ceiling, wall and suspended versions. Bell has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area - an index that enables to measure the soundproofing capabilities of an object as a whole (made of materials, shapes and sizes) - which varies from 0.32 to 4.63 depending on the size.
Layers is a collection of large, suspended lamps, designed for single or cluster use. The designer Vanessa Vivian has created 8 different geometric shapes that can be connected to one another, according to different tastes and design needs, to obtain a unique and highly choreographic lighting solution. Even with the light off, in fact, Layers is a work of sculpture that enhances the environment. The metal structure is covered with fireproof pongé fabric put in place manually. There are numerous color combinations: in addition to 10 monochromatic, Axolight also offers two multicolor variants, one sunny and bright, the other more neutral and relaxing. Layers has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area which varies from 2.30 to 5.78 depending on the size.
Designed by Manuel Vivian, the Ukiyo ceiling lamp is made up of a particular asymmetrical metal structure that flexibly shapes the white fabric that envelops it. Dynamic and multifaceted, Ukiyo is an evolution of the form which never remains static and adapts to the most diverse settings, from home to contract. Ukiyo has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area which varies from 0.17 to 0.77 depending on the size.
Designed by Manuel Vivian, Velvet is available in ten colors and comes in all the models of the collection: suspended, ceiling, wall and floor. Voluptuous and contemporary, it takes its name from its velvety upholstery, the Micro 2000 flame-retardant fabric with a suede effect, which envelops the truncated cone lampshade. The diameters of the models vary from 70 to 160 cm in the ceiling version, from 50 to 160 cm in the suspended version, while the wall lamp is available with widths from 45 cm up to 70 cm. The light sources are LED or FLE. Velvet has an A value that varies from 0.23 to 2.05 depending on the size.
Exotic and lush, Plumage is the collection of suspension and floor lamps designed by Vanessa Vivian. The overlapping layers of fabric create shadows and chiaroscuro effects, giving the lamp a dynamic profile, like the sinuous movement of birds' plumage. The white painted metal frame supports diffusers in sound-absorbing, flame-retardant, removable and washable TREVIRA® CS fabric, available in seven colors as well as a multicolor version. Plumage has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area which varies from 0.45 to 1.67 depending on the size.
Voluptuous and contemporary, Skirt, designed by Manuel Vivian, finds inspiration in fashion, more specifically in the shape of the skirt, a tribute to Made-in-Italy style and elegance. The pleated lampshade, made with layers of sound-absorbing and fire-retardant TREVIRA® CS fabric, is available in 10 colors and fits all the models in the collection: table, ceiling, wall and suspension. Thanks to the varied range of sizes in the catalog - from 50 to 150 cm -, Skirt offers a unique versatility of use, both in large contract spaces for a scenographic effect and in domestic environments for an extra touch of style. Skirt has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area which varies from 0.36 to 3.55 depending on the size.
With a thickness of 25 mm, a sound absorption factor of about 0.6, a fire reaction capacity of Class B-S1, d0 in compliance with the EN13501 standard, the sound-absorbing panel applied to U-Light can easily absorb high and middle frequencies typical of public environments. The noise damping function is integrated to offer not only optimum noise absorption performance, but also to be a suitable decorative element for offices, lobbies, restaurants or waiting areas. U-Light has an Equivalent Average Absorption Area which varies from 0.54 to 3.11 depending on the size.
Now more than ever, the physical and psychological well-being of the individual should be the ultimate goal of architecture and design to create human-centered environments. In this sense, acoustic comfort is a fundamental aspect. According to the World Health Organization, in fact, excessive noise can cause a number of health problems, damage productivity in the workplace and also affect social behaviour. This is why one of the most interesting innovations for a design aimed at improving people's well-being is the blend of visual comfort and acoustic comfort in sound-absorbing lamps.
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