Absorbing work


Date: 15th Nov 2017

Students in the School of Arts and Creative Industries are working with High Wycombe-based acoustic panels and systems manufacturer Soundsorba Ltd on designs for sound-absorbing walls and ceilings.

Students studying BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design and BSc/BA (Hons) Product Design have researched the best materials for acoustics and come up with prototypes. The company is now looking into producing the ideas.

Managing Director Munir Hussain chose the best designs from the three-month-long project, with winning students set to undertake internships at the company in Desborough Street, High Wycombe, next summer.

He said: “The quality of work has been excellent and of a very high standard. I have been very impressed with the students and I will look to see whether the designs could be manufactured and become a reality.”

Karina Thomas, Senior Lecturer in Textiles, said: “Working with Soundsorba has been an invaluable chance to visit real-world problem solving for the interiors market.

“Acoustics are a buzz word in design at the moment, especially in relation to Biophilic Design trends, which are increasingly popular and replicate experiences of nature in design and sympathetic spatial environments, which our students are always considering.

“Munir Hussein has been so generous with his time and interest in our students. They have had a presentation from him as well as a factory visit and tour and he was here to judge the finalists.”

Dr  Lyndon Buck, Principal Lecturer - Product Design, said: “Seeing the variety of innovative outcomes has been great.

“This is an excellent example of how our creative students can work with local companies and give an injection of new design thinking to help them to develop new products.”

Picture captions: Munir Hussain looks at some of the work with Dr Lyndon Buck and Karina Thomas; and meets students.


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