Kirei Launches New Horizons Collection for Acoustically-Balanced Interiors


Kirei, a provider of innovative eco-friendly design materials for commercial interiors, announces the launch of New Horizons, a collection of five new EchoPanel acoustic products featuring simple lines and minimalist textures. Designed and curated in collaboration with distinguished Industrial Designer Michael DiTullo, the new products—EchoEdge, EchoLine45, EchoLine Subway, EchoEmboss, and EchoTile Ascent—add a sophisticated architectural element to any interior space. The series signifies the products’ launch in the North American market and nods to a new horizon of acoustic design—one that facilitates healthier interior environments that are visually compelling, acoustically balanced, and easy for designers and architects to specify.

“Featuring radically linear lines, New Horizons’ consistent patterning creates a dynamic sightline while simultaneously balancing the acoustic performance of the interior environment at-hand,” says Michael DiTullo, Industrial Designer and Curator. “Kirei is proof that good design is simultaneously functional, beautiful, and sustainable. Most rooms have terrible sound qualities and their inhabitants don’t know what to do about it. New Horizons provides a solution to this acoustical problem; epitomizing form and function.”

New Horizons joins the existing suite of celebrated EchoPanel products, providing architects and designers with a seemingly endless array of customizable, eco-friendly acoustic solutions that cater to any commercial project’s unique acoustic and aesthetic requirements. As a sustainable design material, Kirei’s EchoPanel is a decorative, acoustically absorbent panel with a felt-like finish, offering sound absorption with unbeatable aesthetics in 31 colorways. Made from 100% PET plastic and containing at least 60% post-consumer content, the entire EchoPanel line includes wall panels, ceiling systems, tiles, and partitions.

Highlights of the New Horizons collection include:

EchoEdge: Featuring three standard styles (Level, Wave, and Pulse), with additional customization available, EchoEdge provides radical sound-absorbing feature walls through the modular fin system. Designed to tune out the noise and turn up the visual dynamism, EchoEdge delivers a tactile wall experience ideal for spaces in need of low profile, high-absorption acoustic design.

EchoLine 45: A new angle on love, EchoLine 45 energizes spaces with dynamic lines that are ‘going places.’ EchoLine 45’s classic v-cut grooves, which are placed at 45 degree angles, capture eyes and sound waves alike. Available in four standard widths —.5, 1, 2, and 4 inches— the simple, classic angles are scalable for any sized space, from small reception areas to large public spaces.

EchoLine Subway: A reimagined classic, EchoLine Subway’s modern, streamlined style allows designers to soften an industrial look, or add timeless design flair. The interlocking panels and beveled edges create a completely seamless look while helping to acoustically tune the room.

EchoEmboss: Available in three styles, EchoEmboss embraces the trend of tactile surfaces and three-dimensional textures. These floor-to-ceiling panels, developed by Kirei manufacturing partner Woven Image, create visual depth through the subtle play of light and shadow. Patterns include the linear Zen, the origami-inspired Ion, and the dramatic, diamond-like Gem.

EchoTile Ascent: The peaked shapes of EchoTile Ascent drape large spaces in linear allure. The soft, corrugated design and slight reveal create a consistent, dimensional look. Similarly, the hollow, thermo-formed tiles can achieve an NRC of up to .90 to deliver upscale acoustics disguised as a sophisticated design statement.

“The New Horizons collection exemplifies Kirei’s optimism towards the future of the built environment, including the collective resilience of the architecture and design industry,” says John Stein, President, Kirei. “‘Kirei’ means beauty in Japanese, and we believe that change is beautiful. We’re committed to providing design solutions that dramatically improve occupant health and happiness, for sustainable interior environments that look as good as they sound.”

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About Kirei

Since 2002, Kirei has brought beautiful, sustainable, and functional design elements to interior designers, architects and end-users across North America. Kirei continues its mission to “Inspire a Beautiful World” through a design ethos based on elegant and sustainable design. To date, that intrepid focus has resulted in diverting over 250 million plastic bottles from landfills, giving each bottle renewed purpose as a new design material. This mission has also provided designers with unique products and acoustic solutions to help design great spaces to live, work and play. As such, Kirei distributes EchoPanel and AKUART, decorative and functional designer acoustic products that give designers the visual and acoustic tools to create productive, healthy interiors.

The visually-dynamic and versatile EchoPanel collection of wall and ceiling panels, systems, tiles and partitions are available in standard or custom options to address various acoustic needs in commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, and education environments. EchoPanel is manufactured by Woven Image, responsibly sourced and made from recycled materials to qualify for LEED credits and other green building or sustainability certifications and is recyclable at the end of life. EchoPanel is a celebrated product, receiving such industry accolades as The Architect’s Newspaper’s 2020 Best of Products award, interiors + sources 2020 Product Innovations Award, and a 2020 GOOD DESIGN award.

In addition, Kirei is the exclusive North American distributor of AKUART, a leader in creating infinitely customizable framed acoustic design elements with an easily changeable canvas. Made from sustainable materials and advancing visual soundscape solutions, AKUART’s four framed acoustic design elements—‘On The Wall’ acoustic wall panels; ‘Hang With Me’ suspended acoustic panels; ‘Stand By Me’ free standing acoustic wall screens; and ‘Shelter Me’ acoustic desk screens—allow designers to select from a variety of art or custom imagery. Each canvas is machine washable, bleach-cleanable and replaceable.