Flexible room zoning with Acoustic Stripes

Behind the scenes - an interview with Création Baumann's product designer.

«Sometimes you just have to do it!»
Peter Zeller

True to the motto »Make & Try«, we take a look behind the scenes of the Acoustic Stripes development process. In an interview with product designer Peter Zeller, you will learn how experimentation and the search for new ways lead to innovative new products.


Peter Zeller

Peter Zeller has been working as a product designer at Création Baumann since November 2021. He already showed a strong affinity for technology during his training as a mechanical designer. He pursued his passion for design by studying industrial design at the FHNW School of Art and Design in Basel. His career at Création Baumann began with an internship in the Systems department, which further deepened his passion for the fusion of textiles and technology. In his role as a product designer, he looks at existing technology with a fresh perspective and expresses his creative energy in various ways - not least with the help of his tablet, on which he sketches ideas on the go.



Can you tell us about the background and inspiration behind the development of Acoustic Stripes?
The Acoustic Stripes grew out of an innovation project that originally aimed to develop a sound-absorbing folding curtain. The inspiration was to revive the vertical blind and take it out of the traditional image of a doctor’s surgery. The idea was to reinterpret the vertical blind with an acoustically highly effective variant and at the same time create a new product from existing elements. Another source of inspiration was the emerging »striped« trend in the industry.


What innovative technologies or approaches were used in the development? Are there features that make the product unique?
Instead of conventional PET material, a PLF approach was chosen. This product is mechanically matted and then pressed, allowing for uniform density throughout the material. A distinctive feature is the subtle suspension deliberately designed to be visible, conveying a certain technical aesthetic. All connections are plugged, and no adhesive is used. The combination of absorber panels and vertical blind technology is unique in our market, as is the product’s simplicity and the materials used.



How did you consider sustainability in the development of the Acoustic Stripes?
Sustainability was an important aspect in the development of Acoustic Stripes from the very beginning. The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100-certified slats, which are made from 100% PLF, are manufactured in Germany from the fibre to the cut slat and are custom-made in Switzerland. We have eliminated the use of adhesives and are constantly working to increase the recycled content. These measures underline our strong commitment to sustainability and environmental protection, with a focus on the entire life cycle and material minimisation.


What are the best applications for Acoustic Stripes?
Acoustic Stripes are primarily designed for use as room dividers in offices and other public areas. They can be used to visually divide large rooms and provide targeted acoustic control. Their main benefit is to improve the working environment and create a pleasant acoustic atmosphere.

«The Acoustic Stripes are the result of my passion for technology and creative design and represent my path in product development.»
Peter Zeller

ACOUSTIC STRIPES combine the possibilities of flexible room partitioning, control of room acoustics, privacy and glare control in a new interpretation of the classic vertical blind.


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