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Defined by clean lines and minimalist textures and colors, the New Horizons Collection of acoustic design materials—comprising of EchoEdge, EchoLine45, EchoLine Subway, The Embossed Panel Series (designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei), EchoTile Ascent, and The Embossed Panel Series (designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei)—provide end-users with noise-management solutions that make for a balanced environment. 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, the New Horizons architectural design elements are easy to understand, specify and install, and are made from recycled content—all while improving the acoustics and functionality of any room.
The series nods to a ‘new horizon’ of acoustic design—one that facilitates healthier interior environments that are visually compelling and easy for designers and architects to specify. The collection joins the existing suite of celebrated EchoPanel products, providing architects and designers with a seemingly endless array of customizable, eco-friendly acoustic solutions.
A design material that supports a more sustainable future, EchoPanel—originally launched in the North American market in 2013—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, helping address the acoustic needs of commercial environments.EchoPanel’s recycled content has resulted in the diversion of over 230 million plastic bottles from landfills, giving each bottle renewed purpose as a new design material.
Acoustics have become increasingly important as people realize they don’t sound clear on zoom calls, or—because people are standing further apart—they are creating louder, more echoey spaces. The goal was to make it easy to make any room sound better, and do so in a way that simultaneously elevated the aesthetic level. Many acoustic products on the market fall into one of two groups—they are either undesigned and lacking the aesthetic refinement that would make them worthy of a great space, or they are so over designed that they dominate a room. New Horizons strikes that balance; all of the products are unique enough to create a feature wall but refined and elegant enough to play a supporting role visually in a space when they need to.
The architect and interior designer were central to the New Horizons design process; the customer service leader was present during creative brainstorm sessions. The design process began with feedback from architects and designers on what is working, and what needs to be improved. From there, innovation is possible.
Each product in the New Horizons Collection has been designed to make it as easy as possible for an architect or designer to create unique spaces, whether they want to completely customize a product, or go with the out-of-the-box solution. All of these little things add up, creating superior, iconic products that are high-performance.
EchoEdge is innovative in three ways; first, because it is cut into long planks, it is easier to ship, saving cost and energy. Second, due to its plank design, it is very easy to trim on-site to dodge wall outlets and switches. Third, again because of its plank format, it is easy to customize; an architect can provide a custom profile drawn on a napkin, which can be easily turned into a unique product, catering to their specific design needs.
The Embossed Panel Series (designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei) uses uses a heat compression molding technique to create its unique shapes, also providing a smoother finish.
EchoLine Subway has an engineered, puzzle-like profile that eliminates any seams. This profile makes EchoLine Subway incredibly easy—and reliable—to install.
Kirei’s New Horizons Collection consists of EchoEdge, EchoLine45, EchoLine Subway, The Embossed Panel Series (designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei), EchoTile Ascent, and The Embossed Panel Series (designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei). Each product has unique aesthetic qualities that set them apart in acoustic design:
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.
The Embossed Panel Series: Designed by Woven Image, distributed by Kirei, The Embossed Panel Series 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.