Wolwerken acoustic panels
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Wolwerken (‘Wool works’) are acoustic wall panels made from waste wool. Designers Noortje de Brouwer and Mieke van den Hout teamed up during project MÊH, initiated by ArtEZ School of Arts and local sheepfold ‘t Niejboer back in 2014. The sheepfold asked what to do with the wool of their little sheepflock. The amount of wool is too little for the the big wool industry so it had no purpose and sadly had to be destroyed. This is a big waste of a valuable material.
Experiments with the wool led to a technique to process the wool into a colourful and tactile surface. Wool has great sound absorbing qualities, is fire retardant and a beautiful material to work with. The upholstery is Tricot (94% VI 6% EA, impregnated with UV-protection).
With the technique of Wolwerken, it is possible to make custom pieces that compliment your surroundings. Design, shape and colour are on request.