KnollTextiles Launches The Impressions Acoustic Solution


Classic upholstery patterns go vertical for sound absorption

impressionsKnollTextiles is thrilled to enter the acoustics marketplace with the Impressions collection. Impressions is a wall-mounted system that combines performance acoustics with clean, clear color and timeless modern design.

Six classic KnollTextiles patterns are ‘impressed’ onto a high performance ultra-thin acoustic substrate. Each tile is wrapped in 100% polyester, non woven fabric that uses a unique, multi-step process to entangle the fiber into a material suitable for vertical use. The tiles are GREENGUARD certified and may contribute to LEED certification.

Impressions is manufactured in the USA using specialized machinery and a proprietary breakthrough process creating the only ‘impressed’ acoustical wall tile of its kind. The beauty of Impressions is achieved by marrying the perfect material with this custom fabrication process.

Impressions scores an impressive NRC (noise reduction coefficient) rating ranging from 0:70 – 0:93 for frequencies in the 500-2,000 Hertz band, which is where the human voice registers. Acoustic engineers specify that the individual results by frequency are more relevant than the simple average used to calculate NRC. This is particularly true in commercial and hospitality settings where the goal of the panels is to absorb sound generated from people talking by minimizing the reverberation time of sound energy. One second or less reverberation time creates the ideal acoustic environment. Impressions acoustic tiles effectively contribute to that ideal environment. The overall NRC rating for Impressions is a notable 0.55.

Each 12”x12” tile easily slides onto a Z-clip rail system which offers a consistent architectural base for creating a tiled wall. The Z-clip system allows for easy installation, alignment and adjustment in addition to allowing users to effectively slide tiles on and off for updates When installed, the system measures less than 1” in profile allowing it to address acoustics while conserving space. Impressions is ordered as a kit complete with tiles, z-clips and rails.

Impressions is available in 16 colors, including warm and cool grey as well as bold, fashion forward brights. Impressions offers one solid tile in addition to the six ‘impressed’ tiles which feature organic and geometric patterns from the KnollTextiles line. Different levels of emboss add dimension and texture to the tiles turning walls into beautiful, sculptural surfaces. Prices range from $50-$61 including Z-Clips and rail. Impressions is appropriate for any commercial or residential space where sound absorption is desired.

Primary Use: Acoustic wall tile
Substrate Content: Polyester 100%
Finish Content: Polyester 100%
Patterns: 6 KnollTextiles patterns & 1 solid tile
Colors: 16 colors available
Dimensions: 12” x 12”
NRC Rating: 0.55
Environmental: Impressions tiles are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and may contribute to LEED certification. Impressions is made in the USA.

“I am thrilled to enter into a new marketplace with the KnollTextiles Impressions collection. Impressions offers designers and architects beautiful choices for sound absorbing panels through pattern color and dimension. It is exciting to combine the KnollTextiles design aesthetic with acoustic functionality,” said Dorothy Cosonas, Creative Director at KnollTextiles.

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About KnollTextiles

KnollTextiles is currently under the creative direction of Dorothy Cosonas, who combines clean, clear color with modern, elegant patterns and textures. In 2005 Cosonas was named the 11th Creative Director of KnollTextiles. Her inaugural collection won a Best of NeoCon Gold award – her first of seven along with six Silver awards for Knoll. In 2008 she founded Knoll Luxe as the fashion forward luxury component of KnollTextiles where she has contributed her own work along with collaborating fashion designers such as Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Maria Cornejo. Her work was a major part of KnollTextiles 2011 retrospective exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center and has been accepted into the permanent collection of Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. Founded by Florence Knoll in 1947, KnollTextiles is a division of Knoll, Inc., and maintains a marketing and design studio at 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.