As a cultural touchstone of the 1990s, plaid tends to evoke Kurt Cobain’s flannel shirt collection. But these days, the pattern is also contributing to a whole new kind of acoustical nirvana thanks to the design team at Turf. Mind you, the manufacturer’s Plaid acoustic ceiling product skews more grand than grunge. A three-dimensional take on crisscrossing lines, the geometric ceilingscape effectively transforms overhead space into its own architectural focal point. What’s more, the sound-absorbing properties of the system’s recycled PET felt mean that someone can now play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at one end of the office without drowning out their co-worker’s nearby Zoom call.
Along with its ability to cut down on distracting sonic interference, Plaid’s strength is its extensive customizability. The collection is available as both a stand-alone cloud and a continuous system, with the option to add tile caps that boost its noise-reduction coefficient from 0.60 to 0.90. Turf offers four standard cap options — including the subdued Flat Fill and two-toned Square offset designs, as well as two graphic patterns, Maze and Tubular — but can also work with designers to create custom tiles. Differently sized tiers allow for further flexibility.
Then there is Plaid’s wide-ranging palette, which includes no fewer than 32 colours. Thanks to Turf’s use of 60 per cent recycled PET, each hue features a rich heathered effect evocative of the time-worn texture that develops on a favourite flannel shirt or pair of jeans. (Sure enough, options include Faded Denim.) And while it’s sufficiently durable to remain a long-term fixture of any space, Plaid is 100 per cent recyclable at the end of its life cycle.
Combining a dynamic geometric composition with stylish texture, Plaid effectively shifts attention upward — all while delivering great acoustic performance.
A three-dimensional take on crisscrossing lines, the geometric ceilingscape that is Plaid effectively transforms overhead space into a focal point.