Reducing noise, elevating comfort: The innovation of acoustic materials


In bustling indoor public spaces like swimming pools, school dinner halls and airport terminals, achieving acoustic comfort is paramount for the well-being of users. To revolutionise this aspect, Serge Ferrari has introduced a cutting-edge acoustic material that not only enhances thermal and acoustic comfort, but also adds a touch of sophistication to any environment.

Alphalia is a lightweight, tensioned acoustic material

A 65% base-to-treble sound absorption

This lightweight, tensioned acoustic material boasts an extraordinary 65% base-to-treble sound absorption. It excels at absorbing high-pitched sounds and reverberations, all while preserving the vibrant ambiance of the space. The result is a seamless blend of comfort and style.

The versatility of this fabric is truly remarkable. When fashioned into panels or suspended, it proves to be both lightweight and flexible, accommodating slopes, curves and even complex, large unsupported spans of up to 300 metres. This opens up a world of creative possibilities for architects and designers looking to transform spaces.

Acoustic absorbers come in various forms, including wall and ceiling tiles, blinds, panels, baffles, wall fittings and spans under tables. The fabric can even be intricately cut into 3D sails and columns. Its outstanding durability enables it to thrive in environments with high moisture levels and even exposure to chlorine.

Versatile acoustic fabric that also acts as solar protection

The fabric also serves as solar protection

These translucent fabrics go beyond acoustic treatment. They also serve as solar protection when applied as blinds, panels or roofing materials, while still allowing natural light to filter through. For those seeking a highly translucent version, it provides the added benefit of creating absorbent artificial lighting.

In vast, open spaces like stadiums, the fabric proves invaluable in constructing expansive tensioned acoustic ceilings that stand resilient against the wind’s force.

The Alphalia range

The Alphalia range redefines acoustic absorption, both indoors and outdoors, eliminating the need for traditional, thicker absorbers like foam and wool. It offers exceptional sound absorption coupled with unparalleled durability and impact resistance.

In a notable case study, the Kilimandjaro variant from the Alphalia Silent Aw composite fabric range was applied to a glass ceiling. Not only did it provide superior acoustic performance, but it also excelled in thermal comfort. With a solar factor of 0.31, it effectively blocked 69% of the sun’s energy, significantly reducing glare.

Achieve sound absorption in restaurants

In real-world applications, this innovative fabric has been instrumental in transforming environments. In restaurants, it has successfully mitigated noise levels, allowing patrons to engage in conversations with ease. By strategically placing the fabric above the source of noise, it effectively absorbs sound, creating a more comfortable dining experience.

As many modern restaurants forego traditional noise-absorbing elements like tablecloths and curtains, noise levels tend to escalate. The Serge Ferrari acoustic fabric, suspended from the ceiling in frames, serves as an elegant solution. These panels not only absorb sound but also add a stylish dimension to the space.

The perfect fabric for tented camps

In tented camps, this fabric has been instrumental in creating tranquil and inviting environments. Its dual functionality as an acoustic insulator and a textured finish adds a layer of comfort and aesthetics.

Serge Ferrari’s ground-breaking acoustic materials are poised to revolutionise indoor spaces, offering a harmonious blend of comfort, elegance and functionality. With applications ranging from restaurants to expansive public areas, this innovation marks a significant leap forward in the pursuit of enhanced acoustic comfort.


Applications for Alphalia Silent Aw

The many and varied applications for Alphalia acoustic fabric

Applications for Alphalia Silent Aw include:

  • Tensioned sails
  • Fixed or retractable canopies
  • Cladding of components
  • Baffles
  • Tensioned ceilings
  • Wall and ceiling panels
  • Behind openwork facing
  • Luminous ceilings
  • Tensioned walls
  • Curtains and screens
  • Sliding panels
  • Printed panels

Contact Synchron Markings to discuss your project and the suitability of Alphalia Silent Aw for your requirements.

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