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CAIMI’S FLAP PANELS DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY PAR EXCELLENCE.
The Flap panel is an object of great aesthetic and formal appeal as well as an innovative, state-of-the-art tool that resolves the problem of noise. The idea behind the panel was developed by the designers Alberto and Francesco Meda for Caimi Brevetti .
It consists of a set of sound-absorbing panels which are not only practical but can also be seen as real furnishings suitable for any type of environment.
The panel was designed to ensure complete freedom of installation: it is in the shape of an irregular rectangle and has a ball joint system for connecting to a rod or arm mounted on the wall or ceiling. The ball rotates so you can adjust each panel at will and play with aesthetic effects and coverage. This means the panel can be assembled in a virtually infinite number of ways, creating designs and patterns that are different every time. The mobility and flexiblity of the panels also means you can make the most of their sound-absorbing properties.
The modular system is patented and while we can praise it for its design, we should praise it even higher for its level of sound insulation.
The panels are based on Snowsound technology: they are made of a material the density of which is adapted to the various frequencies, for improving acoustics in the room while keeping the thickness of the panels to a minimum.
No frames or seams are needed, so the panels are also extremely light, compact and suitable for any surroundings.
The result is that the Flap panels are the perfect solution for reducing sound pollution in open spaces and venues like restaurants, canteens, bars, halls, hotel reception rooms, theatres, art galleries, conference halls, schools, stores, gymnasiums, and more. Although thin, the panels are relatively good at reducing noise at low frequency (under 500 Hz) – dull noise that is normally more difficult to attenuate.
They are also very good at absorbing noise at medium frequency (between 500 and 2000 Hz), like that of human voices and noise in general produced at the workplace. Lastly, they reflect and absorb marginally less noise at high frequency (above 2000 Hz) which, by its very nature, is already as a whole absorbed by the walls, furniture and people present. The result is natural overall balancing of the noise in the environment.
Alberto and Francesco Meda said: “Our aim was to create a sound-absorbing module that did not need to be hidden or camouflaged. By treating it as a double-sided product and using Snowsound technology, we naturally came up with the idea of a light and adaptable surface formed of several modules which could be adjusted to suit the needs of contemporary life. We wanted not a dividing structure but a freestanding creation that could be fitted on the wall or ceiling, allowing users to give free rein to their imagination and expression.”