alain gilles redesigns sound absorbing movable room partitions for buzzispace
(above) creating a visually lightweight room partition

 

 

 

after their introduction in 2011, the ‘buzziblinds classic’ became an instant hit as partitions for open-plan spaces. five years later, it’s time to add some zest to the family by redesigning them and offering a much wider array of possibilities. referencing modernist architecture, the ‘BuzziBlinds’ by designer alain-gilles add rhythm and tonalities created by the orientation of the V-cut blinds resulting in dynamic and rich spaces.

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a movable acoustical screen collection designed to define and redefine spaces

 

 

 

this free-standing room divider is made up of a series of five rotating acoustic blinds. with a simple twist, the blinds can be opened or closed to varying degrees to create privacy or open-up a space. this gives individuals the opportunity to determine the level of privacy they may want or need at any given moment to concentrate on a specific task. with these new buzziblinds, alain gilles wanted to offer the possibility to create even more personal and customized spaces.

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the possibility to be more or less open to others by rotation the blades 

 

 

 

the difficulty was to manage the repetition found in the logic of the blinds where the team had to make sure that what was created would not become too heavy visually, completely reworking them. so apart from making them wider they worked on the shape of the top of each blade composing a ‘BuzziBlind’, and also used a very innovative V-cut technique developed by BuzziSpace in order to create patterns in the outer material of the blinds. these patterns are actually only revealed by the light impact on the V-cut made in the thick sound absorbing felt and by their shadows.

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a repetition of  a simple element in order to redefine an architecture

 

 

 

the new ‘BuzziBlinds’ consists of four different shapes with the possibilities to have different V-cut patterns carved straight into the BuzziFeld. the blind can be treated with different colors on each side, in order to generate an interesting visual effect when partly opened. on some of the BuzziBlinds, by turning two blades of the blinds one can also create new differentiated shapes and a new pattern. but each separate blind could also be fitted with a different color. the result is an almost infinite number of possibilities offered to architects and end-users making the new BuzziBlinds a real tool to express their own creativity.

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graphically defined by V-Cuts made in the BuzziFelt (recycled felt)

alain gilles buzziblinds sounds absorbing room partitions movable designboom
the top shape of some of the acoustical blades allow one to completely redefine the overall shape of the screens

alain gilles buzziblinds sounds absorbing room partitions movable designboom
possibility to play with different colors on each sides enables endless variations

alain gilles buzziblinds sounds absorbing room partitions movable designboom
creating a rhythm thanks to the V-Cuts in the recycled felt

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close up of the V-Cuts in the felt

alain gilles buzziblinds sounds absorbing room partitions movable designboom
possibility to do full circle partition for unexpected settings thanks to the curved base plates

alain gilles buzziblinds sounds absorbing room partitions movable designboom
possible open space offices settings

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partitions that though simple can make a real statement by playing with contrasted sides

 

 

materials:

baseplate: powder coated metal;
blinds: aluminium core, buzzifelt cover (recycled felt)

 

dimensions:

common base: 149 x 49 cm (lxw) // 58.7 x 19.3  inches (lxw)

two different heights:  
medium:    150 cm //59.1 inches

tall: 185 cm // 72.8 inches

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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