Zen acoustic panels installed in fun co-working space

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Project Information

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Products used: Zen Embossed Panel 

Designer: Foolscap Studio

Installer: Ramvek

Date: 2021

Photography: Tatjana Pitt

Emerging from the pandemic is a shift towards working from home, and the need for workspaces to promote social engagement as a key element of human-centred design. Improving the work life balance for its members through a tone of “serious fun at work” was key for The Commons, South Yarra. Separating work from home by offering what working from home cannot, was at the heart of this project. This vibrant and charming space was envisioned as a “third space” says Adele Winteridge, founding director of Foolscap Studio, the practice responsible for the design. Thus, the fit-out balanced function and joy, work and social, whilst catering to both individual and group needs.

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Zen Embossed Panels, in various colourways including blush, wine and navy were installed to support acoustic comfort in this lively space. Specialised spaces that the home can’t offer were crafted throughout the workplace in various unique but overall synergistic designs.

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The Commons South Yarra has received numerous accolades including:

  • Shortlisted, AIDA Awards 2022, Workplace Design
  • Shortlisted, IDEA Awards 2022, Workplace Over 1000 sqm
  • Longlisted, Dezeen Awards 2022, Large Workplace Design
  • Finalist, Best Awards 2022, Colour Award Spatial
  • Finalist, Dulux Colour Awards 2022, Commercial Interior – Workplace
  • Award of Merit, Designers Australia Awards 2022, Place Category

This project design sees The Commons reinforce their desired sense of community through spaces ideal for social interaction. Woven Image’s wide range of acoustic finishes including acoustic panels, screens and ceiling baffles enable designers to incorporate acoustic function within both timeless and on-trend colour schemes, making them perfect for design-led collaborative spaces.

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Like Woven Image, The Commons also continually strives to create a more environmentally conscious business. Sustainable action is seen in their renewable energy investments, offsetting of carbon emissions and making sustainable options easily accessible for their customers.