BAUX ACOUSTIC PULP – The Material
An acoustic revolution
The new 100% bio-based BAUX Acoustic Pulp panel is the first in the world to uncompromisingly combine the performance properties of sound absorption, safety and durability with sustainability and modern aesthetics. The result is a restful and sustainable acoustical environment for residential buildings, industrial premises and public spaces that calls us back to the harmonizing pulse of nature. Harmless for us, harmless for the environment. It’s nothing short of an acoustical revolution.
This is BAUX Acoustic Pulp
Be uncompromisingly sustainable in every way!
It’s time for a new kind of material. One that breaks the mold and pushes us beyond what the world believes is possible for sustainability in acoustical products. This A patented, 100% bio-based material that drastically pushes the boundaries of cellulosic properties to a completely new level.
We at BAUX are not afraid of a challenge. We’ve been searching the world for the most sustainable and functional building materials since we first got started. This time, we had a vision to create an acoustical solution that would be uncompromisingly sustainable in every way— from the resources and materials to the manufacturing process, and the impact of the product at the end of its life. All while achieving the right characteristics for optimal sound absorption and meeting the contemporary design expectations of modern architects and designers. We wanted to take advantage of the natural resources provided to us by nature in our own backyard, the forests of Sweden. We imagined an end product that would feel all at once familiar, playful, and beautiful, while generating sensations as innate and restorative as nature itself.
Then, we entered into a two year period of trial and error, testing different materials until we finally discovered the perfect partner to help us bring our vision to life: A high-tech and like-minded life science laboratory located just outside Stockholm.
Acoustic Pulp, built with patented, 100% bio-based material drastically pushes the boundaries of cellulosic properties to a completely new level.
Founded by a group of researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology, the laboratory works with biomimicry and Click Chemistry to organically modify cellulosic fibers from recycled streams of Swedish pine and spruce trees. It’s through this technique that they developed a patented, 100% bio-based material that drastically pushes the boundaries of cellulosic properties to a completely new level. —and It turned out to be the perfect canvas for our new acoustical solution.
Experimenting together with our newfound lab partners, we fine-tuned the formula and production process until it yielded the exact properties we needed to build the highly functional, sustainable, and beautiful acoustical product we were seeking.
Instead of resorting to chemicals, we looked to nature for answers. To create fire-retardancy, we mimicked the natural wood fossilization process and the resilience of grass roots. For water repellency, we looked to the superhydrophobic surface of the lotus flower. For color, we added wheat bran. For strength, we utilized a naturally catalytic combination of potato starch, plant-based wax and citrus fruit peels from lemons, limes, and oranges to provoke the cellulosic molecules into creating a powerful matrix of intermolecular fusions. And to achieve extra sound absorption and durability, while maintaining a lightweight product with minimal material usage, we borrowed the hexagonal honeycomb structure originally invented by bees and popularly used by the aerospace industry.
“to achieve extra sound absorption and durability, while maintaining a lightweight product with minimal material usage, we borrowed the hexagonal honeycomb structure originally invented by bees and popularly used by the aerospace industry.”
Laser enhanced sound absorption
Sustainably harvested Swedish fir and pine trees. Recycled water. Non-GMO wheat bran. Potato starch. Plant-derived wax. Citrus fruit peels. Zero chemicals.
The final product comes together in built form in a local factory that runs on 100% hydropower. First, all of the ingredients are mixed together with water and fed into a 3D mold. Next, the contents of the mold are pressed with 40 tonnes of weight and dried under pressure using a highly technological vacuum technique so that it becomes extremely dense. The dried surface is then nano-perforated using an advanced laser technique for enhanced sound absorption.
Finally, each front panel is adhered to a honeycomb structured back made from the same material. When the process is complete, all of the leftover ingredients and water are recycled back into the factory’s closed circular system to be reused again in the next batch. The only emission generated from production is a tiny amount of pure and clean water vapor that’s released as the material dries.
Fully harmonized with the nature it’s made and inspired from, when the product reaches the end of its life, it can be recycled in its entirety—or simply returned it to the earth it came from.
Excellent sound absorptive qualities
Performance testing indicates that BAUX Acoustic Pulp has excellent absorptive qualities, making it well suited for spaces that can benefit from a more restful and focused acoustical environment. A triad of sound absorption mechanisms are used: diffusion, absorption, and chambers. The irregular 3D shaped surface breaks up reflections and spreads them in different directions. The cellulosic material fibers transform sound waves into micro movement and heat. And the honeycomb chambers trap sound waves entering through the perforated surface which bounce around and “die out.”
Loved by Nature!
Harmless for us, harmless for the environment. It’s nothing short of an acoustical revolution.
Download the BAUX architect tool
We have created a set of tools that makes it easier for you to create, demonstrate and order the BAUX Acoustic products. Click the button below to download a zip file that includes both .STP and .ING CAD files as well as graphical files for Photoshop and Illustrator. To make it really easy to play around with the BAUX Acoustic Tiles and Panels we’ve also included a Keynote and Powerpoint file and includes all inspiration patterns as well.
Designed by Form Us With Love
Form Us With Love is a Swedish industrial design studio operating from Stockholm. For eight years, the studio has put dialogue at centre stage for development, using design as a catalyst to position the design brands of tomorrow. Together the studio has partnered with craftsmen, engineers and material experts to challenge the conventional through design. Collaborations include; Scandinavian and international brands such as Ateljé Lyktan, Cappellini, DePadova, FontanaArte, Muuto, Design House Stockholm and One Nordic Furniture Company.
In 2012, Fast Company named Form Us With Love as one of the world’s ‘50 most influential designers shaping the future’. During the Stockholm Design Week 2013, Form Us With Love was announced as proud winners of Swedish Elle Decoration’s annual award ‘Designers of the year 2013’.