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Q&A: CoArt Acoustics

Contribution to the Built Environment

Q. What is the product's unique contribution to the built environment and commercial interiors?

A. dTank created this product knowing the problems architects, interior designers and end clients face. Our experience in creating furniture to improve built environments led us to the creation of CoArt Acoustics. At CoArt Acoustics we have perfected the collaborative process that allows us to optimize our product. Our team of experts is able to work with architects, end clients, and designers to recommend the best placement, size, and configuration to optimize the acoustic design of any given space. We are constantly striving to educate our clients on the benefits of utilizing acoustic panels.

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Solution

Q. What problem does it solve or improve upon? Where is it most likely to be specified?

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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Functionality

Q. Describe how it functions and how its functionality adds to its usefulness in commercial interiors.

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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Flexibility

Q. How flexible and adaptable is the product?

Q. Does it offer flexibility as a product and does it contribute to the flexibility of others with which it is co-specified?

A. CoArt Panels are highly flexible and adaptive across all environments. With its variety of configurations and high-end aluminum frame system, the possibilities are endless. Our designers work closely with the client to ensure we do not compromise the design of the space. The frame comes in customizable powder coat options and the option of specialty framing. Clients work directly with our design team to match colors of furniture, brand logos, or artwork. We also offer custom artwork services in which we work directly with your company to offer the best custom solution for any given space. Standard artwork from our Collections is also available. The aluminum extrusion system allows for quick installation and application of fabric, making interchangeability easy. The fabric is also dry-cleanable which is ideal for healthcare and hospitality environments.

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Quality / Durability

Q. Address its quality standards and its expected durability. Presuming it offers durability, how is it more durable?

Q. What is its durability expectation?

A. At CoArt, we push the boundaries of technical design and fabrication to provide high-end acoustic solutions. Our reliable SEG framing systems are durable, easy to transport and assemble. The acoustically transparent fabric is tougher than painted walls, impact resistant and shock absorbent. The triple dye sublimation process penetrates the fabric so the ink cannot fade. The fabric is also non-combustible, and unable to be warped by moisture. Our suspension cable system is virtually invisible to the eye and the connecting hardware is elegant and minimal, enabling the designer to create display systems that appear to float in mid-air. The system received a 0.8 NRC acoustic rating and Class A fire rating.

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Aesthetics

Q. Describe how this product makes an aesthetic contribution and adds to the beauty of any interior.

A. Combining acoustics with art is how we take a technical solution and make it a beautiful addition to any interior. At CoArt, we place a great deal of attention on making sure our art is made with quality and perfection in mind. Our artists spend a lot of their time and attention making sure the smallest of details are faultless and that each custom artwork is made with the clients purpose in mind. Not only does our art serve as an aesthetic contribution, but it also serves a purpose. Add acoustical solutions, tell a company legacy, provide a healing atmosphere with healing artwork, and even inspire creativity and boost morale. From acoustic effectiveness and corporate branding to providing inspiring and welcoming spaces, those working in healthcare, educational, corporate or commercial environments will find CoArt Acoustics the solution to enhancing the performance and overall aesthetic of their space. CoArt will be launching its latest ready-made Art Collections curated with an array of tones, hues, and color ways. The option of custom branded artwork allows the client to control his or her own aesthetic and creative direction.

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Innovation

Q. How is the product or solution innovative?


Q. How is it better than similar existing products?


Q. Why was this innovation needed?

A. dTank’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. CoArt Acoustics combines acoustics with art and interior design to create the ultimate triple threat! By utilizing the SEG technology, we are able to create a user friendly product that addresses architectural design issues. Our product serves the client in ways most acoustic panels cannot, allowing them to interchange their artwork, dry clean the fabric, and customize the entire system. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques.

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Environmental Sustainability

Q. Does it have a sustainable manufacturing process?

Q. Does the product have recyclable or biodegradable components?

A. Sustainably designed, the acoustical core is made from 60% post-consumer content predominately recycled water bottles. The core is itself is 100% recyclable. The frame system is made from a variety of recyclable material as well.

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