After developing a strong interest in Physics, I turned to design to apply my problem solving abilities to real world applications. Redirecting my logical approach over to the creative industries has led me to create an array of meaningful and functional products, whilst studying at NTU.
My underlying appreciation for all things sonic led me towards a final year based solely on audio products. In spring 2017 I conceived my own company, Sektre, focussing on acoustic treatment for a range of applications. It is my belief that through thoughtful design, the gap can be bridged, between the public perception of acoustics and the need for effective sonic environments, to live & work in. I have used my final year to experiment with concepts whilst laying the groundwork for the company's future.
The origins for this project revolved around making acoustic treatment exciting, encouraging potential clients to employ acoustic treatment in their domestic spaces. As one of the two branches of acoustic treatment, sound diffusion involves splitting sound waves to eliminate reflections that would otherwise clutter the environment. Ratik is a prime-seven quadratic diffuser. The Ash structure operates between 463 and 3340Hz, evenly diffusing sound that enters it. The key design features include the option to stand-mount Ratik at two heights, as well as wall-mount with a VESA compliant TV mounting bracket. For integration into living spaces, the steel Ratik stand can be customised through vinyl prints and custom paint, inspiring musicians and Hi-Fi enthusiasts to push Ratik’s design capabilities further. Though Ratik was adapted over a small time period, it demonstrates that acoustic treatment can be married with design to create visually impacting and functional design solutions.
At the heart of this project lies two narratives: the necessity for acoustic treatment in educational and workplace environments, and the need to utilise the mass amount of clothing that is discarded as a result of modern-day consumerism. As fibres have the ability to transfer sound energy to heat, the opportunity arose to provide a universal solution to both problems within one project. Causeway is a low cost acoustic treatment tile system, manufactured using recycled clothes. The porous nature of the tiles acts to absorb sound whilst the fractal face reflects the remaining waves in different directions. The tiles can be attached using a ‘peel-back and stick’ process or using Velcro, for a more portable system. In classrooms and offices, the resultant effects will include lower levels of background noise and improved vocal clarity - creating a more suitable sound environment for the occup ants to work in.