Freestanding sound-absorbing totem
While designing and drafting case studies of different environments, Caruso came up with sound-absorbing panels that could resolve acoustic problems in an unconventional way.
Taking its name from the large monolithic stones which it resembles, Menhir is a practical and clean solution in terms of its form; its adaptability makes it an excellent sound-absorbing element for low frequencies. Perfect for large environments where speech reverberation can cause confusion and chaos, Menhir sound-absorbing totems can relate to their environment, adapting to various requirements. The shorter version also comes with a cover that can serve as a shelf for resting magazines, plants or various types of furniture objects. Think of a coffee shop inside an airport: a confined space inside a very large environment where the lack of partitions makes this space acoustically uncomfortable. In this case, Menhir sound-absorbing totems could be positioned in between the tables to isolate conversations and reduce any background noise, while becoming an integral part of the furniture. Furthermore, since it is not fixed to the ground, Menhir can be moved depending on the acoustic requirements.
The Menhir totem is available with sound-absorbing material made from Basotect® melamine resin by Basf® and a visible base made from satin stainless steel or from steel painted aluminium grey, or with an internal base made from painted steel.