A new trend for open offices? Acoustical elements.
After another busy day touring NeoCon showrooms at theMART in Chicago, it was abundantly clear that acoustics is a topic that won’t soon fade into the static of other fads or passing tends. With the wellness movement in full swing, it has become evident that mitigating unwanted noise in the workplace (and elsewhere) is essential to human health.
As a result, a noticeable number of manufacturers at NeoCon 2019 showcased new acoustic solutions or figured out how to more effectively incorporate them into their existing product mix.
The timing couldn’t be better. Acoustics has emerged front-and-center after spending many years in the periphery. I believe that architects and designers are paying more attention to acoustics again as a result of the emergence of the open office plan.