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Comfortable Acoustics at the Osteria dei Sani restaurant, Italy

Osteria dei Sani is one of the most famous restaurants of Abruzzo, Italy, where you can eat local specialities prepared with products of high quality and enjoy some wines and craft beers having won the international awards.
The owner Anna and Luca Mettimano, some years ago, renewed the place, moving in a new place, where, thanks to Nomad Architects, they created a simple and elegant style, but at the same time not too snob for families and groups.

We then estimated in association with the architect Massimo D’Arcangelo (Nomad Architetti), a system of acoustic panels “chicanes”, covered with fabric with a color very similar to that some of the ceiling; they are anchored in the perpendicular files of adhesion to the ceiling of the main room. In this way, a perfect symmetry of the alignments of the perimeter of the ceiling with its suspended lamps is not interrupted, assuring the preservation of the harmony wished by the architects.

Besides the esthetic result, thanks to the acoustic panels, the reverberation is considerably limited by the creation of a peaceful atmosphere where it’s pleasant to converse during a business lunch or a romantic dinner.

Video that demonstrates the importance of acoustic panels

In this video, we first talked in a room without acoustic panels, then we spoke again in the same room where acoustic panels were added. The difference is remarkable, isn’t it?

Acoustic panels SNOWSOUND distributed by La Mercanti win a prestigious award

CES AWARD 2014

CES AWARD 2014

SNOWSOUND, a technology applied to acoustic panels by Caimi Brevetti, a brand distributed by La Mercanti , won in the United States the award “International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards 2014”.

The coveted prize was awarded to the patented technology SNOWSOUND Caimi Brevetti at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the largest futurist exhibition in the world dedicated to electronics, which was held last week.

Commonly considered the Oscar of technological innovation in electronics and audio / video, this award honors the patented technology used in acoustic panels Mitesco (designed by Michele De Lucchi ), Rabat (designed by Alberto Meda and Francisco) and Chorus (design Lorenzo Palmieri) . We already wrote on this blog about  acoustic panels and office partitions, and how they improve productivity.

This important recognition confirms the excellence of Snowsound technology, recognized as one of the most successful ever in the global market.

acoustic panels SNOWSOUND

acoustic panels SNOWSOUND

Office partitions, interior doors : acoustic is essential

Working in a quiet environment, with a good acoustic, is very important for productivity.

interior doors

interior doors

Since the fifties, with the massive adoption of of television, humanity spends more and more time in front of screens. With the spread of the Internet and digital photos, images became even more important. We give great importance to aesthetics, to the visual appearance. Even in areas such as music, where sound and listening should be fundamental, are the video clips and more or less extravagant appereance of pop star which prevail over the quality of music itself. Lest we want to consider as a great musician someone like Lady Gaga.

In this world where image is paramount sound and listening seems to be overlooked. Our cities are increasingly noisy. You think I exaggerate? Try selling your car via Internet: potential buyers will ask a lot of photos, but no one will care to listen to the engine noise, which is essential to understand its state of wear. The same applies to the description of a person : it is rare that someone describes his voice, but we give great importance to physical appearance.

It is not at all surprising that, when designing an office, we overlook acoustic. However, working in a quiet environment, with a good acoustic, is essential for productivity. Excessive noise causes stress and affects the concentration.

That’s why The Mercanti offers a wide range of acoustic panels, office partitions and interior doors. Indeed, in the conception of any workspace, acoustic is fundamental. Sounds good to you?

Mitesco wins the GrandesignEtico International Award 2012

Mitesco, the new high-tech product by Caimi Brevetti is the winner of GrandesignEtico International Award 2012, an award given to the products that best combine the quality of the design and the promotion of more sustainable and responsible consumption.
Mitesco uses Snowsound patented technology, which, thanks to the variable density of the material the panel is made of, enables selective absorbance of different frequencies, allowing optimisation of acoustics in spite of its limited thickness.
The designer Michele De Lucchi says:

Our level of sophistication strives to be ever higher, and we no longer treat our surroundings based on their form and colour, but on more refined elements, namely sensory elements. Of these, sound is perhaps the least considered, but it is surely one of the most important elements, especially when considering that damage to hearing is as yet irreparabile (…). The project developed with Caimi is an acoustic panel that is made with one single material, polyester, which in addition to its excellent absorbent qualities is completely recyclable, as it does not contain any other materials. Mitesco is light, colourful and sufficiently basic to be used even to personalise the surrounding area, as it can be fully inserted in a contemporary context. It can be hung and supported on a stand: it is practical and inexpensive.

 

The brilliant intuition at the heart of Snowsound’s patented technology is based on the use of panels composed of material with variable densities, which functions to achieve selective absorption at different frequencies and thus to optimise the acoustical environment notwithstanding the pronounced thinness of the panels. The absence of frames and seams and the unusual characteristics of the material in the fabrication of the panels, render them extremely light, unobtrusive and adaptable to any environment.

The panel is double-faced; therefore it has the same functional characteristics on both sides. The aesthetic uniformity is functional; besides having ease of assembly and disassembly, it allows for use with either side visible or reversed and reapplied to a surface whenever one side might inadvertently be damaged

The importance of Silence

Mitesco is an agile, nomadic system, which challenges the traditional idea that soundproofing has to involve major works, including masonry, and must be done with large, fixed structures.

This collaboration between Michele De Lucchi and the Caimi brothers has resulted in a portable, eco-friendly soundproofing panel. The use of innovative, patented Snowsound technology makes possible selective absorption at different frequencies even though it is extremely thin (just 35 mm at the centre), creating well-balanced ambient sound.

from “Abitare”

The application of the panels can be: to walls, ceilings, wiring, with magnetic fittings or on self-supporting structures.
The dividers can be realised with panels placed on one side only or on two opposing sides, thus obtaining sound absorbing solutions aesthetically identical on both sides. Choosing from a range of available colours, the Mitesco panels can be freely combined with each other to obtain interesting and customised colour mixes.

The dividers are available with self-supporting bases, with bases equipped with wheels which provide great flexibility of shifting placement or with bases fixed to the floor to establish a stable positioning of the panels.

Acoustic comfort solutions for office and contract

Acoustic comfort solutions for offices, public rooms, sports facilities, restaurants and hotels, shops, work environments and the home.

The need for absolute acoustic comfort and attractive appearance have led to the development of LaMercanti sound-deadening panels for cladding ceilings, walls and partition walls. Its innovative features are based on tried and tested technology, combined with design, total hygiene and non-toxicity of the material.

If we can improve the sound, then our life quality improves as well. La Mercanti sound absorbing products perform this task: balancing and reducing sound waves in public and private spaces in order to produce a genuine and surrounding acoustic dimension. As perhaps we forgot.

The harmony of sounds

We must choose a place in which the voice can diminish softly and does not return by reflection so as to bring an indistinct meaning to the ear”.
Vitruvius (2nd century B.C.)

We must choose a place in which the voice can diminish softly and does not return by reflection so as to bring an indistinct meaning to the ear.

Vitruvius (2nd century B.C.)

Everything is sound and therefore sound is everywhere?

Human beings perceive the world through their senses, a perfect and complex system which is the direct expression of body and soul. The auditory apparatus is certainly the most sophisticated of all the senses. It is the means by which we hear; it is a passive organ of reception – ears receive and hear sounds. In this sense they represent the utmost vulnerability: they cannot be closed as eyes can. It is not enough for words to reach the ears, they must also be intelligible and in order for this to occur we need to receive sounds correctly. In fact, if the sound intensity in an enclosed environment is particularly high, its perception might not be correct.

Architectural acoustics studies what can be defined as the acoustical dimension of man-made environments and aims to improve the quality of sound perception. Today it is indeed necessary to design and build environments destined for civil use – as well as for leisure – considering architectural acoustics as the fundamental and indispensable component of all contemporary and responsible projects.
The concept of people’s well-being can differ according to culture, religion and geographical location, but body and soul aspire universally to beauty and good, and complete harmony.

Today La Mercanti offers the most suitable materials for sound-absorption and climatic comfort also compatible with different social and environmental settings. They are innovative, durable and perfectly in tune with the contemporary design, contributing to people’s well-being by improving in quality. They work with discreet elegance, controlling reverberation with a multiplicity of solutions. This is in order to restore a correct and healthy acoustical dimension to satisfy the increasing attention of designers for environmental psychology as a means of knowledge and investigation to improve real quality in environments and therefore increase the pleasure of life and work for people.
People’s well-being is an important goal, as we are important as human beings.