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Eavesdropping on Frogs with Acoustic Cloth 2.0

The white-bellied frog (geocrinia alba) is an extremely tiny species that only lives in an equally tiny area. Scientists have found that total area the extremely endangered frogs occupy is less than 2 square kilometres of swampy patches in the Margaret River region in southwest Western Australia. Such an endemic species naturally attracts the interest of scientists. 

Biologists at the University of Western Australia wanted to record the frogs’ distinctive noises to to gain further insight into the behaviour of the animals. But in a wet environment, this poses particular challenges. So they got in Touch with Soundlabs Group in Mittagong, Australia, our distribution partner for the Asia / Pacific region.

“My application is probably a bit unconventional,” wrote Emily Hoffmann, PhD Candidate at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. “I am working with critically endangered frogs in Western Australia, and we are trying to monitor their calling behaviour remotely by using audio recorders that we can deploy into the field. I have made some water-resistant cases for the audio recorders, but I need to cover the holes for the microphones with something water resistant that won’t interfere with the recording ability.”

Leon Gross, the owner of Soundlabs Group, was more than happy to help. He provided the biologists with some of our liquid-repellent Acoustic Cloth 2.0. The specially treated cloth, which has already proven its special qualities in numerous applications such as outdoor loudspeakers or in yacht building, now covers the section where the microphone is located, so any rain or drops of water just run off while neither the technology within the cases nor the quality of the recordings are affected.

One of the recording devices equipped with Acoustic Cloth 2.0 by Akustikstoff.com. The devices are used to monitor white-bellied frogs in Western Australia.

To learn more about the white-bellied frog and the research project, which is supported by several foundations and associations, read this article, which was published by “The Naked Scientists”.

Order speaker fabric now and save money!

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End customers outside Germany will only benefit from the favourable German VAT until 30 June 2020. Best stock up on speaker cloth quickly!

On 1 July, a new EU-wide regulation on VAT on cross-border sales to end customers will come into force. As a result, we will no longer be able to supply our speaker fabric to private customers at the favourable German VAT rate of 19%. Instead, we’ll have to apply the VAT rate of the destination country and forward the tax to the destination countries through a so-called Import One-Stop-Shop (IOSS). Since the VAT rate s is higher in the vast majority of EU countries (the front-runner is Hungary with a whopping 27%), prices will inevitably change accordingly depending on the destination country.

Seize the opportunity and ordering some loudspeaker fabric from our online shop while there’s still only 19% VAT on your order.

Commandez rapidement du tissu acoustique et économisez !

Les clients finaux en dehors de l’Allemagne ne bénéficieront de la TVA allemande favorable que jusqu’au 30 juin 2020. Faites donc rapidement vos stocks de tissu acoustique !

Le 1er juillet, un nouveau règlement européen relatif à la TVA sur les ventes transfrontalières aux clients finaux entrera en vigueur. Par conséquent, nous ne pourrons plus fournir nos tissus pour haut-parleurs aux particuliers au taux de TVA allemand favorable de 19 %. Au lieu de cela, nous devrons appliquer le taux de TVA du pays de destination et transmettre la taxe aux pays de destination par le biais d’un «Import One-Stop-Shop» (IOSS). Étant donné que le taux de TVA s avère plus élevé dans la grande majorité des pays de l UE (en tête la Hongrie avec un taux énorme de 27 %), les prix changeront inévitablement en conséquence selon le pays de destination.

Saisissez l’occasion et commandez du tissu acostique dans notre boutique en ligne pendant qu’il n’y a encore que 19 % de TVA dans notre boutique en ligne.

Acoustic Cloth 2.0 Goes High-tech: Protection of Phased Arrays for Air-coupled Ultrasonic Applications

The number of complex ultrasonic applications is increasing. The range extends from distance measurement and the identification of obstacles to non-destructive material testing with phased arrays for air-coupled ultrasound. So-called 3D-printed waveguides are currently being developed for such technically complex applications. So far, adequate protection of the equipment against water and dust has been a problem, however, as many practical applications require the equipment to function even under extremely demanding environmental conditions

The Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany has now addressed this problem in a research project and carried out tests with our liquid and dirt-repellent Acoustic Cloth 2.0, among other things. The results presented by Professor Mario Kupnik’s research team in September 2020 during the 2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) in Las Vegas* demonstrate the high suitability of acoustic material 2.0 for protecting waveguides. “We (…) demonstrate that the protection via hydrophobic fabric works excellent, i.e. without any significant drawbacks. Beam steering stays fully functional and the reduction of sound pressure level is only in the order of 1.5 dB. However, now the array can be used in real world applications,” the researchers conclude.  

phased arrays for air-coupled ultrasonic applications using Akustikstoff.com's 2.0 fabric as a protection layer
Acoustic Cloth 2.0 as a protection layer for air-coupled waveguide ultrasonic phased arrays

Further details on the TU Darmstadt website

* M. Rutsch, G. Allevato, J. Hinrichs and M. Kupnik, “Protection layer for air-coupled waveguide ultrasonic phased arrays,” 2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 2020, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251728.

Goodbye UK :(

Unfortunately, a hard Brexit becomes more and more likely. This means, among other things, that trade between EU countries and the UK will most likely be subject to WTO terms from 1 January 2021.

As sorry as we are for our many British friends, we’ll only be able to supply business customers in the UK in this case, because exports under WTO terms involve a considerable amount of extra work and additional costs, for example for customs declarations. On top of this, there are additional cost risks in cases when a shipment can’t be delivered or is not collected from the customs. That’s why we generally don’t serve private customers outside the EU.

However, we are still intensively looking for a distribution partner in the UK to supply both private and business customers. After all, even British business customers will no longer be able to order directly in our online shop after a hard Brexit. As is the case with all other countries outside the EU, we’ll only only be able to offer and deliver EXW PIA to all UK business customers. Further information on these conditions is available in the FAQ in our online shop: https://www.akustikstoff.com/FAQ:_:1010.html?language=en

By the way, we already had to deactivate our product listings on amazon.co.uk . In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon currently grants customers very long return periods. This means that in the very likely event of a hard Brexit we’d run into additional hassle with HM Revenue and Customs . We’ve decided that we neither can nor want to bear this risk.

Want some extra income?

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Others are in crisis mode, we keep expanding. That’s why we’re currently seeking partners in various countries to ship our sample sets, particularly in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and other EU countries other than DACH.

The activity offers an additional income without much effort and without any initial investment. You won’t get rich, but it’s nice little money on the side.

If you’re interested, the activity may, in the longer term, even lead to the establishment of your own business for the distribution of high-quality acoustically transparent fabrics in the long term. 

This is an ideal opportunity for self-employed persons or enterprises that are already active in their home country in related areas such as acoustics, hi-fi, high-quality studio equipment, home cinema construction, or trade fair construction and already run an online shop and possibly also serve other sales channels.

However, the offer may also be suitable for self-employed individuals in the entertainment industry who have been hit by the current crisis and would like to establish a more stable economic foothold for the future.

We are a small, serious family business and place great value on cooperation, trust, mutual support, and long-term partnership for the benefit of all parties involved. These values should also be the focus for our partners.

If you are interested, please introduce yourself in an email to ukshop@akustikstoff.com (in English, please). We will discuss everything further in a personal conversation.

We‘re looking forward to interesting contacts.

Vous voulez un revenu supplémentaire ?

D’autres sont en mode de crise, nous continuons à nous développer. C’est pourquoi nous recherchons actuellement des partenaires dans différents pays pour expédier nos jeux d’échantillons, notamment au Royaume-Uni, en France, en Espagne, en Italie et dans d’autres pays de l’UE autres que la région DACH.

L’activité offre un revenu supplémentaire sans grand effort et sans investissement initial. Vous ne deviendrez pas riche, mais c’est un peu d’argent à côté.

Si vous êtes intéressé, l’activité peut même, à plus long terme, déboucher sur la création de votre propre entreprise de distribution de tissus acoustiquement transparents de haute qualité à long terme. 

C’est une opportunité idéale pour les indépendants ou les entreprises qui sont déjà actifs dans leur pays d’origine dans des domaines connexes tels que l’acoustique, la hi-fi, l’équipement de studio de haute qualité, la construction de home cinéma ou la construction de salons et qui gèrent déjà une boutique en ligne et servent éventuellement aussi d’autres canaux de vente.

Toutefois, l’offre peut également convenir aux indépendants du secteur du divertissement qui ont été touchés par la crise actuelle et qui souhaitent établir un ancrage économique plus stable pour l’avenir.

Nous sommes une petite entreprise familiale sérieuse et nous accordons une grande importance à la coopération, à la confiance, au soutien mutuel et au partenariat à long terme au profit de toutes les parties concernées. Ces valeurs devraient également être au centre des préoccupations de nos partenaires.

Si vous êtes intéressé, veuillez vous présenter dans un courriel à ukshop@akustikstoff.com (en anglais ou allemand S.V.P.).  Nous discuterons de tout cela plus en détail lors d’un entretien personnel.

Nous nous réjouissons d’avoir des contacts intéressants.

Church Organ With Acoustic Cloth From Akustikstoff.com

The field of application for our sound transparent fabrics is surprisingly broad. They also play an important role in organ building, for instance. It is quite possible that you will come across products from Akustikstoff.com when visiting a church, for example in Ahaus in northwest Germany. 

The pipe organ, whose roots reach back to antiquity, has played a central role in Christian liturgy since the Middle Ages. Elaborately designed organs are special treasures of numerous churches and impress with their enormous sound variety. Mozart once called the pipe organ the “king of instruments”. Like other instruments, however, organs need regular professional care and occasional restoration. For many parishes such a restoration project is a welcome opportunity to expand and redesign the instrument in order to broaden its musical range and move it closer to modern sound ideals. 

One example is the widely known Church of St. Mary’s Assumption in Ahaus: The local Catholic parish commissioned the old-established organ builder Orgelbau Fleitner from nearby Münster with extensive restoration and extension work. The task was to clean the old parts of the church organ, reassemble them, and make reasonable additions. 

Church organ in St. Mary's Assumption in Ahaus, Germany, with grey sound-transparent fabric from Akustikstoff.com.

A particular challenge for organ builder and voicer Eberhard Hilse, one of the owners of Orgelbau Fleitner, was to harmoniously adapt the appearance of the instrument to the church interior, which dates from the mid-1960s. Hilse chose our acoustic fabric to implement a visually appealing design without compromising its sound and acoustics. 

Completed in February 2018, the three-manual instrument is 9.35 meters high and boasts the impressive total of 2,520 pipes: The swell at the top has 772 pipes, the grand organ in the middle has 840 pipes, the positive behind the console 728 pipes. In addition, there is the pedal with over 180 pipes. The largest pipes belong to the principal 16′, which can be seen at the front of the organ and is assigned to the pedal. The largest of these pipes in the front left with a total length of 664 cm has a diameter of 250 mm and weighs about 105 kg.

Church organ in St. Mary's Assumption in Ahaus, Germany with sound-transparent fabric from Akustikstoff.com

»Color of the Year 2020« An Ageless Classic Blue

Trust, hope, peace, and tranquility are properties that are traditionally associated with the colour blue. No great surprise, then, that the Pantone® Color Institute has made a very classic, neutral blue the “Colour of the Year 2020”. After all, our life feels considerably more turbulent than a decade ago: Megatrends such as digitisation, along with political and social upheaval around the world, are contributing to a general longing for harmony and security. 

The calm, appealing, and confidence-inspiring deep blue colour of the year 2020 “lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced” says Pantone, explaining the choice of the colour that is expected to shape fashion and beauty as well as interior design and the design of electrical and electronic devices worldwide for the next twelve months. At Akustikstoff.com the colour of the year is available as “Navy Blue”.

When it comes to loudspeakers, “Navy Blue” spontaneously brings to mind JBL’s classic 43xx and 44xx studio monitors. These treasured vintage speakers still have a firm place in many studios and we have recently supplied the speaker fabric for countless refurbishment projects all over the world – evidence to suggest that blue speaker fronts will see a renaissance in loudspeaker manufacturing in 2020. 

Navy Blue, a particularly calm, balancing, and attractive hue, is a good choice for interior design purposes as well: It can be combined with black and white as well as with silver, gold, and numerous organic brown hues. 

Acoustic Cloth in Navy Blue is available as Standard speaker cloth (colour code 38), as water-repellent and stain-resistant Acoustic Cloth 2.0 (colour code 138), and as non-flammable Acoustic Cloth FR (colour code 238), which is particularly suitable for projects in public spaces.

Spray Adhesive as a Problem Solver

Many hifi enthusiasts have developed a great passion for the DIY refurbishment of vintage speaker cabinets. An update of the speaker grille with new Acoustic Cloth is one of the key elements in most of these projects, but it’s not always the easiest task. 

The JBL* LX55, for instance, a popular speaker among experts that is sold at increasingly high prices today, has a plastic frame with a relatively small edge to which the original speaker cloth is attached to. Moreover, the slot between the frame and the cabinet is extremely narrow. This construction makes it impossible to staple the speaker fabric to the frame (the method of choice with wooden frames) or to use of hook fastener tape instead. 

This is where our special spray adhesive comes into play. The adjustable nozzle of the container ensures convenient and economical application of the adhesive without any scattered spray mist and the high immediate adhesion of the adhesive provides for the easy and precise mounting of our sound-transparent fabric on such frames. It’s the perfect solution whenever you want to make speakers with plastic frames look like new.

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»Your adhesive is really good for mounting fabrics. Very easy to use, no spill, and good adhesion. I used it for my JBL LX55 speakers with your grey cloth (colour code 14). I also refurbished a pair of Bose* 601 series 1 speakers with your beige fabric this year and I am perfectly happy with the result«, wrote Emmanuel D. from Digoin in France as he proudly sent us some photos of his speaker refurbishment projects. 

JBL-LX-55-and-Bose-601-refurbished -with-Akustikstoff-speaker-fabric

*All brand names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not in any way associated with Akustikstoff.com. 

MC Audiotech chooses Akustikstoff.com as OEM supplier

MC Audiotech is a new name in high end audio, but the people behind the company and the products are not. With over 60 years of combined experience in the high-end audio industry through Linaeum, Impact Technology, and Veloce Audio plus an array of patents that speak to true innovation under their belt, they are driven by the true passion to develop trendsetting products that serve both the needs of most demanding customers and the music. 

The company, which is headquartered close to Philadelphia in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, now offers a brand-new speaker system, the »Forty-10«. MC Audiotech say that this speaker truly »mirrors the sound of real-world voices and instruments«.

A brief summary gives a hint at this amazing speaker’s characteristics:  The »Forty-10« is a two-way design consisting of in-house designed and built proprietary transducers mounted in a double-curved so-called »spaced array™« and a separate »folded cube™« low frequency enclosure. 

MC Audiotech claim that their system is so efficient that can be driven by as little as 15 watts from the softest pianissimos to the most massive crescendos and is seriously full range, treating the lucky owner to a complete presentation of the recorded information, regardless of genre. 

MC Audiotech speaker eqipped with Akustikstoff.com speaker fabric
»Forty-10« speaker by MC Audiotech

Visually, the speaker is an elegant nod to mid-20th-century modern design. By default, it comes in a satin walnut veneer with bright aluminium work and grille covered with Akustikstoff.com’s off-white speaker fabric. Other options for material and finishes are available. One example is the Figured Maple option which is paired with black metalwork and beige speaker cloth from Akustikstoff.com.

We are delighted to have contributed to the creation of this wonderful product with our Standard Speaker Cloth. The »Forty-10« by MC Audiotech gives further proof of the fact that the quality of our fabrics meets even the highest demands of proven high-end professionals.

Acoustic Cloth 2.0 for Italian High-end Sound Studio

»The Spheres« is a recording studio and events space in Pescara-Montesilvano (Italy) on the Adriatic coast, offering state of the art audio and video equipment as well as an active concert calendar. Without doubt, the studio, which also offers mixing and mastering services along with outstanding recording opportunities, can be considered one of the finest recording studios in northern Italy and even beyond – especially for classical, jazz, and world music. It is available to all labels, engineers, projects, and artists who want to benefit from the extraordinarily high levels of acoustic and technical standards that characterize the studio throughout.

Main room of

The studio was designed principally for acoustic music, but is versatile and welcomes all genres. It was rapidly constructed inside an adapted warehouse between November 2016 and May 2017. Planning and acoustic design was by producer, sound engineer, and studio owner John Anderson. The classical pianist, who runs the record label Odradek Records, holds two performance degrees from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and a degree in musicology from the University of Oxford. 

Having had a look at samples of our Acoustic Cloth 2.0, John decided to use this stain-resistant, liquid-repellent, and B2 fire-rated fabric for the numerous wall and absorber covering purposes in the recording rooms and the control room of his studio. Altogether, 160 square metres of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 and 250 metres of our adhesive hook fastener tape were used in the construction of »The Spheres«.

Main room of

The main room offers 135 square metres of space and a diffuse sound field that is achieved with eight 2D QRD »Skywalker Sound« replica movable diffusors/gobos, and a further 144 2D QRD »BBC style« diffusors mounted on the walls. Every corner has a wedge bass trap from floor to ceiling, a column of 115kg per cubic meter dense rock wool covered with Acoustic Cloth 2.0, which help control the room’s bass build-up and modal distribution. The dropped ceiling is sound absorbent. The floating walls are insulated and isolated via rubber decouplers from the structural walls behind. The result is a silent, world class lively ambience with no boomy bass build-up confusion and silky-smooth highs with no harsh flutter echoes.

Control room of

The control room features 48 square meters with four-metre ceilings and has a separated machine room. It is a Tom Hidley »non-environment room«-inspired design with vertical and horizontal wave guides angled to capture incoming sound from their opposite side monitor. Sound is trapped by eight cm of dense rockwool behind. Unabsorbed energy is directed away from engineer’s listening position to create a reflection free space, ensuring accurate monitoring. The waveguides are completely covered by Acoustic Cloth 2.0 for an elegant finish.

Vocal booth of

If you want to get a more detailed impression of the construction process as well as the finished studio, have a look at their amazing construction book and visit the studio’s website.

Drum booth of

Colour Trend 2019

A lively, warm and gentle tea rose hue has been designated the »color of the year 2019«. It »appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media«, explained color specialist Pantone LLC as they presented their choice, which they decided to call »Living Coral«.

Presumably Strong Trend
The color of the year 2018, a bold, bright, and somewhat pompous violet referred to as »Ultraviolet« didn’t really catch on. For the much more harmonious tea rose hue »Living Coral«, chances are expected to be much better. It is expected to become a dominant trend in fashion, consumer goods, and even interior design next year. The trend was already looming on the catwalks lately. Tea rose and coral hues are playing an important role in spring fashion from Prada, Hermès, Brandon Maxwell, and Giambatista Valli for instance, while Calvin Klein, Moschino, and other fashion labels already used them in their 2018 fall collection.

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Always on trend in 2019 with speaker fabric from Akustikstoff.com in «Tea Rose«

Sound-transparent Fabrics in the Colour of the Year
Speaker cloth from Akustikstoff.com in Tea Rose keep you well prepared for the upcoming trend. The colour is available as a Standard Acoustic Cloth (colour code 35), as water-repellent and stain-resistant Acoustic Cloth 2.0 (colour code 135), and as nonflammable Acoustic Cloth FR, which is particularly suitable for public buildings (colour code 235).

Design Hints
Tea Rose can be harmoniously combined with many colours – another big difference to last year’s somewhat conceited violet. It comes especially nice when combined with speaker fabric in Pastel Blue (color code 34) – a combination that creates the positive, maritime yet warm color play of a coral reef, to which Pantone themselves refer in their video for their color of the year 2019. Artichoke (47), Navy Blue (38), Light Ochre (20), Off Yellow (21), and Green Tea (40) also make for attractive, warm, summery combinations.

Acoustic Cloth 2.0 – Dustproof? Oh Yes!

It all started with an enquiry from Nevada: A customer wanted to know whether our acoustic fabric would be dustproof enough to protect a couple of Bose F1 Arrays from exposure to dust during this year’s Burning Man festival. Good question. We didn’t have any  empirical data, as we’d usually focus on sound permeability and translucence (or rather the opposite) in the development of our speaker fabrics. But the question piqued our curiosity and we wanted to come up with a proper solution. We decided to use superfine flour as an imitation of the dust in Black Rock Desert. Not the worst idea: Marc-Antoine from Nevada replied that “superfine wheat flour is a good approximation of Burning Man’s dust.”

Our DIY test setup for dustproofness test of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 from Akustikstoff.comThe core of our test setup consisted of a piece of our stain-resistant and water-repellent Acoustic Cloth 2.0, an empty cardboard box, and  a DIY “flour cannon” made of a cardboard roll core and several bits and pieces. We pointed the “cannon” to the speaker cloth at a distance of about 20 cm. Dried pressurised air at about 80 psi from our workshop was used to propel the flour towards the fabric. The measured air speed (and, consequently, the exit velocity of the flour) at a distance of about 10 cm from the cardboard tube was 27 knots (which equals 50 km/h or wind force 6). Not bad, eh?

We wasted the first pack of flour to find that one layer of fabric isn’t sufficient in our view. We weren’t happy with the amount of flour that went through. So we modified the setup and attached two layers of fabric. The distance between the two layers was about 1.5 inches and the frame with the first layer was slightly tilted to prevent the flour particles from building up between the two layers and instead simply drop to the ground. Admittedly a somewhat shaky impromptu installation that wouldn’t meet the requirements for whatever ISO certification, but good enough for our purposes.

dustproofness of Acoustic Cloth 2.0 from Akustikstoff.com proven with a testThe result of this second round made us happy, as there were only very few particles still going through the two layers of speaker fabric. We found just a little dust on the ground of the box, after we’d propelled another full pack of flour towards the front of the construction and finally cleaned both with an air nozzle before opening the box.

We’ve uploaded a video of this test on Youtube, so why not have 90 seconds of fun, watch this bonkers and weird dustproofness test, and judge for yourself.

Acoustic Cloth Samples: Why They Make So Much Sense

Every week we receive a considerable number of emails that go like “I’ve seen a photo of this and that piece of furniture on your blog. What is the colour of the acoustic fabric?” If you’re about to drop us a similar email, please hang on for a sec and read the following lines first.

As we know where the photos come from (we have many customers who send us photos of their pieces of work and are happy to see them featured on our blog), it’s easy for us to answer such questions precisely. However, the answer could be pretty useless anyway.

The problem is that the screen reproduction of colours in RGB colour mode can (and in most cases, especially with Windows computers and budget monitors, does) differ considerably from the actual colours of the objects in a photo, Unless your screen is set to a white point of D65 and precisely calibrated with a colorimeter, certain colour aberrations are virtually inevitable. On top of that, lighting conditions and individual camera settings have noticeable additional impact on how colours are reproduced in a photo.

This means that if you only use a photo to choose the colour for your piece of our Acoustic Cloth, what you get may not be what you’ve seen and expected. Sure we accept returns in most cases and are happy to exchange them for another colour. But it will delay your project, you’ll have to cover the postage if you return an order, have to bring it to the next post office and so on.

Why not avoid all the hassle by ordering a sample set? It will provide you with an absolutely reliable  way to find the right colour for your project if go for anything else than black or white. They are about postcard size, so they also give a good impression of how the fabric appears as a larger surface.

packaging acoustic speaker cloth samplesDon’t get us wrong: The reason behind this blogpost is not to increase the turnover from sample sets. Okay, we charge a couple quid for them, but if you consider the material costs (the production of 100 sample sets requires a whopping 90 square metres of speaker fabric) plus the time-consuming work of putting the sets together, you’ll find that we don’t make any money from samples. We rather subsidise them to offer our customers a reliable and convenient way of finding the right colour.

Scandinavian Design Meets Our Acoustic Cloth

Excellent workmanship, glorious Scandinavian design, and individual, custom-made production a– that’s what the Danish carpenter Per Plauborg and his company Hifimøbler.dk stand for.

AV furniture from Hifimøbler.dk, with cover fabric from Akustikstoff.comPer’s aim is to make custom-made AV furniture of outstanding quality that meets any customer’s individual taste and demand. All furniture is tailored to the individual customer in terms of color, size, number of shelves, cable holes, and any accessories, such as drawers and legs, wheels, and wall-mounting options. This way, AV furniture from Hifimøbler.dk suits any audio and video equipment and at the same time contributes to an elegant Scandinavian home furnishing style.

AV furniture from Hifimøbler.dk, with speaker fabric from Akustikstoff.comIf you want your Hifi and video equipment as well as similar gear ready for use at all times but still perfectly hidden away in a great piece of handmade design furniture,  Hifimøbler.dk will provide the perfect solution. All furniture is prepared for inside and outside cabling within and between the modules. This way, all cables are hidden, ensuring that the living room always looks tidy and stylish. Even better, these great pieces of furniture come at a price you’d usually expect for standard run-of-the-mill pieces.

Per Plauborg uses fabrics from Akustikstoff.comPer places great emphasis on quality and the compelling craftsmanship of which he is justifiably proud. It’s no wonder, then, that he has chosen fabrics from Akustikstoff.com for the front covers of his furniture. The outstanding acoustic properties of these acoustic fabrics ensure perfect sound reproduction even if the speakers are placed behind the doors. At the same time, the specially designed  acoustic cloth lets infrared signals pass through, so remote controls even work with closed doors.

Akustikstoff Goes Art

»Afgang« is the name of the  MFA degree show of the of the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. It is taking place at the moment at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg  in Copenhagen. The exhibition curated by Henriette Bretton-Meyer features works from twenty-five graduates from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts. It will be on display until 20 May 2018 and is well worth a visit. If you happen to be in Copenhagen before the end of May, make sure not to miss it.

Outside view of a piece of art by George Koutsouris.One of the featured artists is George Koutsouris, who has created »a strangers’ attractor«, a large installation that reminds a bit of a spider at first sight. If  you dare to walk around that somewhat repellent object, you will discover a colourful inside that features pieces from  Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s space capsule and an interesting soundscape: With the support of various sponsors, Koutsouris has built a kind of sound machine that uses the black tubes to collect voices and ambient noise from other rooms, even from outside the building, and reproduces them in the strikingly colourful inside, full of artificial echoes. The impressive work is meant to demonstrate power and creepiness, but also opportunities.

A piece of art by George Koutsouris, supported by Akustikstoff.comYou may ask what all this has to do with our speaker fabrics. Quite easy: Artists depend on support, and we are committed to supporting art in all its forms. So we decided to contribute to this extraordinary piece of art along with a couple of other companies such as Dayton Audio and Odeon. Our Acoustic Cloth, which is available in 42 colours, provided the opportunity to realise the inside of the »strangers’ attractor« exactly as it had been conceived by the artist.

For more information about George Koutsouris and his work, simply visit his Facebook page, which also documents the making of the exhibit.

Akustikstoff.com supported a piece of art by George Koutsouris.More information on the exhibition is available in the online version of the exhibition catalogue.

All photos by the artist.

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