Exploring Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas Acoustic Panels

By Kasper Feddern

05/07/2024

Exploring Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas Acoustic Panels

Introduction

As environmental concerns intensify, the demand for sustainable and innovative building materials is rising. a:gain is at the forefront of this revolution, offering upcycled solutions that combine functionality with eco-conscious design. In this article, we explore two remarkable products: Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas acoustic panels. Both products exemplify how upcycling can reduce waste while enhancing interior spaces with superior acoustic performance.

The Importance of Upcycled Building Materials

Why Upcycling Matters

Upcycling transforms waste into valuable products, reducing landfill use and conserving natural resources. It’s a step beyond recycling, adding creative and functional dimensions to discarded materials.

 

Environmental Benefits

Utilizing upcycled materials cuts down on manufacturing emissions, reduces the demand for virgin resources, and minimizes the carbon footprint associated with production and disposal processes.

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Kiø Beech Acoustic Panels

What is Kiø Beech?

Kiø Beech is an acoustic panel made from upcycled redheart beech wood combined with Nærø acoustic batts crafted from post-consumer textile waste. Each panel helps alleviate 3.2 kg of material from waste streams, with approximately 2 kg being textile waste.

 

Product Specifications

  • Product type: Acoustic Panel
  • Application: Sound-absorbing wall decor
  • Textile Composition: Primarily cotton and polyester
  • Wood Species: Redheart Beech
  • Dimensions: 64 mm (thickness), 984 mm (height), 584 mm (width)
  • Weight: 5.5 kg/unit
  • Absortion Class: Expected class A
  • Collaborator: Overgaard Wood
  • Made in: Denmark

 

Aesthetic and Functional Characteristics

  • Visual Appeal: The redheart beech used in Kiø Beech panels has undergone a lifecycle or two, adding a unique and vibrant character to each piece.
  • Acoustic Performance: The panels effectively absorb sound, making them ideal for noise control in various settings.

 

Material Sourcing and Processing

  • Collection: Sourced from a major Danish contractor, the redheart beech wood used in these panels initially serves as dunnage for transporting steel.
  • Milling and Drying: The wood is processed and dried by Overgaard Wood in Fredericia.
  • Profiling and Treatment: To maintain agile manufacturing, profiles are minimized and optimized for material efficiency.
  • Manufacturing: The final product is assembled, combining beech wood with textile acoustic batts.

 

Sustainable Attributes

  • Waste Reduction: Each Kiø Beech panel diverts significant textile and wood waste from landfills.
  • Quality Assurance: The upcycling process involves sorting, shredding, and felting textiles to ensure high-quality acoustic performance.

Kiø Douglas Acoustic Panels

What is Kiø Douglas?

Kiø Douglas is another innovative acoustic panel from a:gain, crafted from upcycled Douglas fir wood and combined with Nærø acoustic batts. Each panel alleviates 3 kg of waste, with about 2 kg being textile waste.

 

Product Specifications

  • Product Type: Acoustic panel
  • Application: Sound-absorbing wall decor
  • Textile Composition: Primarily cotton and polyester
  • Wood Species: Douglas
  • Dimensions: 64 mm (thickness), 984 mm (height), 584 mm (width)
  • Absorption Class: Expected class A
  • Collaborator: Overgaard Wood
  • Made In: Denmark

 

Aesthetic and Functional Characteristics

  • Visual Appeal: Douglas wood offers slight color variations in the grain, contributing to a distinctive and natural look.
  • Acoustic Performance: These panels are designed to deliver top-tier sound absorption, making them suitable for various environments.

 

Material Sourcing and Processing

  • Collection: The Douglas fir wood is sourced from a Danish manufacturer, discarded due to knots and cracks.
  • Milling: The wood is rough-cut and prepared for production at Overgaard Wood.
  • Profiling: Profiles are minimized and optimized to enhance manufacturing efficiency.
  • Manufacturing: The final product integrates Douglas wood with Nærø textile batts.

 

Sustainable Attributes

  • Waste Reduction: Each Kiø Douglas panel helps divert substantial textile and wood waste from landfills.
  • Quality Assurance: The meticulous sorting, shredding, and felting processes ensure the durability and acoustic efficiency of the panels.

Installation and Customization

Mounting Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas

Both panels are designed for easy installation, involving simple mounting brackets. The panels are lightweight, making them convenient for various applications.

 

Customization Options

  • Textile Colors: A range of textile colors is available to match different interior design themes.
  • Finish Options for Kiø Douglas: Three different waterborne wax colors can be chosen, ensuring that the panels complement the overall aesthetic of the space.

 

 

Benefits of Kiø Acoustic Panels

Acoustic efficiency

Both Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas panels are engineered to provide excellent sound absorption, enhancing the acoustic quality of any space.

 

Eco-Friendly Design

By incorporating upcycled materials, these panels significantly reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability in building practices.

 

Aesthetic Versatility

With various finishes and textile options, Kiø panels can be customized to suit diverse interior designs while maintaining their functional benefits.

FAQ

How are Kiø Beech panels made?

Kiø Beech panels are made from upcycled redheart beech wood combined with Nærø acoustic batts from post-consumer textile waste. The process includes collection, milling, profiling, and final assembly.

 

What makes Kiø Douglas panels unique?

Kiø Douglas panels feature upcycled Douglas fir wood and Nærø textile batts. The panels are designed for superior sound absorption and have a unique aesthetic due to the natural variations in the wood grain.

 

Can I customize the color of Kiø panels?

Yes, Kiø panels offer a range of textile colors, and Kiø Douglas panels additionally come in three different waterborne wax finishes.

 

Are these panels easy to install?

Absolutely. Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas panels are lightweight and designed for straightforward installation using mounting brackets.

 

What is the environmental impact of Kiø panels?

Each panel helps reduce waste by repurposing materials that would otherwise be discarded, contributing to significant waste reduction and promoting sustainable building practices.

 

Where are Kiø panels manufactured?

Both Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas panels are made in Denmark in collaboration with Overgaard Wood.

Conclusion

a:gain’s Kiø Beech and Kiø Douglas acoustic panels are a testament to the potential of upcycled materials in creating functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable building solutions. These panels not only enhance the acoustic environment but also promote eco-friendly practices, making them a perfect choice for modern interiors.

 

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