A caravan awning was the source of inspiration for the design of a new range of acoustic baffles featuring a modular design and delivering excellent acoustic performance.

Looking to expand the existing range of acoustic baffles with a product that offered a high level of acoustic absorption, sleek modern design, and endless iterations, the Autex Acoustics team created Frontier Acoustic Raft – a geometric 3D acoustic system designed to be suspended from the ceiling, or fixed to the wall.

Representing a multifaceted approach to interior acoustic solutions, Raft was developed to cover all bases, encompassing broadband acoustic absorption, modern aesthetics, sustainability, and simple functionality.

Frontier Acoustic Raft - ceiling

Solid in appearance, yet hollow in the centre, the acoustic system is modular by design, allowing it to be ‘tuned’ to a space by adjusting the distance between the beams and the ceiling, thereby, enabling problem frequencies to be targeted and absorbed.

Raft’s geometric shapes are designed with both aesthetics and acoustic performance in mind. Made from compressed, needle-punched, 100% polyester fibre, the compact outer shell absorbs higher frequencies, while the combination of the air within the hollow centre and the three-dimensional form effectively absorbs lower frequencies.

Unlike other acoustic baffle systems, Raft is designed to communicate with the building and the space it lives within. The modular channel and clip system allows for complete control over the application of each individual component, giving architects, designers, and installers the freedom to mould the system to the contours and requirements of the space.

Speaking of the inspiration for the system, designer Luke Walker explained, “I’d always appreciated the way that an awning attaches to a caravan, kinda like a ziplock bag. We had initially imagined the baffle to fold up and fit into two parallel extrusions, but it was considering the caravan that led to the idea of the raft channel.”

This system is the backbone of the raft structure, supporting both the present form and the future of the product lifecycle by offering opportunities for endless design iterations.

Acoustic engineering

This marriage of contemporary design language with forward-thinking acoustic engineering has not only led to the development of Raft, but opened up opportunities for the design team to apply the system in future projects.

“The acoustic performance is great, and there is still plenty of scope to innovate further and use the channel interface in different ways,” Walker added.

Frontier Acoustic Raft