Meticulously sculpting sound in interior spaces while softening lines with pure shapes, rich color palettes, and scalable systems, Kirei’s extensive EchoPanel lineup encompasses acoustically absorbent panels, tiles, and wall and ceiling systems that feature a felt-like finish. With decorative elements that can be grouped in random or repeatable arrays to create visual interest, EchoPanel can be customized—cut, printed, or shaped—to blend into the background or stand out as a defining element that absorbs and diffuses sound with delicately rendered designs. The visually-dynamic and versatile EchoPanel collection is available in standard or custom options to address various acoustic needs in commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare and education environments.
Innovative Acoustics and Nature-Inspired Colorways
“About eight years ago, I began hearing from designers that they needed acoustic solutions to the new problems created by the open office and open design style that had become so popular,” says John Stein, President of Kirei. “I found EchoPanel, which had been on the market in Asia and Australia, but not here in the United States. At the time, acoustic design materials generally did not have much aesthetic property, so the ability to have color and design flexibility was a real plus with EchoPanel—along with the recycled content and zero VOC nature of the material itself.” EchoPanel boasts a broad range of refined options in terms of thickness, color, pattern, and form, allowing for a high level of customization that can address acoustic needs across an array of interior environments. EchoPanel is manufactured by Woven Image—one of the originators of the PET felt product for architectural use.
The celebrated EchoPanel lineup recently debuted new nature-inspired hues—Ochre, Rouge, Wine, Orchid, Vineyard, Seaweed, and Pacific. “We’re very pleased to launch these vivid, new colors, especially during these times of collective uncertainty and unique challenges,” says Stein. “We want to encourage designers to continue dreaming of sunny days filled with exploration and travel, of road trips and ocean dips, and wanderlust-inspired creativity. From earthy and rich to light and airy, we believe this palette of colors will inspire designers to build for a brighter and healthier future.” From the subdued lushness and soothing tranquility of greens and blues to earthy yellows and lush reds and purples, Kirei compels designers to explore color when specifying acoustic products.
Responsibly Sourced and Recycled Materials
Delivering innovative design materials that are aesthetically alluring and environmentally friendly, EchoPanel is responsibly sourced and made from recycled materials—100-percent PET plastic containing up to 60-percent post-consumer content—which allows it to qualify for LEED credits and other green building or sustainability certifications. To date, over 200 million plastic bottles have been saved from the landfills and turned into EchoPanel products. As a DECLARED, Red-List Free material, EchoPanel also qualifies for the Living Building Challenge—a certification that requires all project stakeholders to consider the real-life cycle impact of design, construction, and operation.
“As acoustic design has become essential to great space design, the old standards of acoustic treatment—such as carpeted walls or drab fabric-wrapped panels—no longer cut it,” says Stein. “PET felt has leapt into the spotlight as the ‘go-to’ material that absorbs sound while offering a new palette for both visual and acoustic design. EchoPanel has always been progressive in its acoustic quality, sustainable composition, and compliance with numerous architectural standards.” Emphasizing a progressive approach to acoustic products, Kirei’s sustainably sourced, functional, and customizable materials provide noise-management solutions add a sophisticated architectural element to any design scheme.