Fighting noise pollution with 100% natural panels: welcome to Silent Station
Just for a moment, stop and listen. What do you hear?
Birds chirping, cars moving, people talking? Our home and work environments are populated by sounds. Our brain is always listening, even when we don’t pay attention. This continuous stream of information from the outside to our mind is not irrelevant; when the noise is too loud, something strange will happen. Reduced efficiency, depression, panic attacks, forgetfulness, anxiety, insomnia, tinnitus. Those are not the side effects of a medication, but the dangers of indoor noise pollution. To build welcoming sound spaces and ensure acoustic comfort, we created the Silent Station: an innovative yet natural tool to bring peace in our offices, a product based on ancient Italian craft traditions.
Silent Station is the Urban Symbiosis Design collection of sound-absorbing panels designed and built with the aim of limiting reverberation, providing harmony and privacy in the workspace. Silent Station greatly improves the feeling of well-being of an individual immersed in an acoustic field and guarantees the confidentiality of conversations, a primary need in contemporary offices.
The exposure to noise produces annoyance: decrease in normal working efficiency, difficulty concentrating, early fatigue, loss of motivation. Silent Station was created precisely to combat the problem of noise pollution in indoor environments, the cause of mental and sensory fatigue with consequences in terms of variation of the heart rate and pressure, as well as nervous and neurovegetative system disorders, such as dizziness and migraines.
This condition depends on the need to transform reflective surfaces – the cause of the reverberation – into acoustically absorbent surfaces. Silent Station sound absorbing panels owe their high acoustic performance to natural thermo-acoustic insulation in sheep’s wool, certified at the top of the sound absorption classes: CLASS A (ISO 354 and ISO 11654 annex). The heart of the product consists of a 100% sheep wool mattress inserted inside a virgin wool shell with a personalized process that completely excludes the presence of artificial fibers or adhesives.
The panel has a basic size of 650×650 mm and can be declined in multiple scenarios such as baffle, wall divider with or without a supermirror metal frame which transforms it into furnishing accessory suitable for classic or contemporary environments. Sheep wool mats are also characterized by their natural tendency to purify the air from polluting emissions caused by formaldehyde and other toxic gases such as NOx (nitrogen oxides emitted for example by wood-burning fireplaces or methane-fueled boilers) and SOx (sulfur oxides present in greater concentration in the presence of fuels such as coal, lignite or other fossil fuels) by absorbing and neutralizing toxic molecules to transform them into neutral and non-toxic molecules.
Urban Symbiosis Design prefers a tailor-made approach to the products, providing services where craftsmanship and customization are the engine of the project. Silent Station sound-absorbing panels are available with two 100% virgin wool “clothes”, to then differentiate between the fully recyclable and flame retardant fabric produced by Chioccarello and the cloth panno casentino made by Tessilnova, an artisan-made fabric faithful to the tradition of the Florentine merchants who, dating back to 1300, made famous the Tuscan style in the world.