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Unexpected: Furniture Made From Acoustic Panels

Canberra, Australia based Elliot Bastianon continues exploring the use of EchoPanel®, an acoustic sheet material, in his furniture designs through folding, bending, creasing, pressing, and pleating it for alternate uses. By experimenting and not pre-planning, Bastianon is able to come up with unconventional designs with unusual details, like the latest pieces that have become the Unexpected Collection.

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Orientation is a coffee table that merges two folded sheets of EchoPanel®, which are shaped into large ‘V’ legs, that support and oak wood top. Custom wood fasteners were made to join the two materials.

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The Six Fold bench takes six sheets of EchoPanel® and folds them in the same manner as the Orientation table to turn them into the bench’s structure. A wooden top stays put with the help of a frame built on the underside.

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Tilted utilizes a single acoustic sheet that’s folded and pressed together three times to form sections that make up the wall-leaning shelf. Wooden shelves, held by oak dowels, rest between cut sections in the folds in order to hold books and decor.

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The Armadillo Light is a lighting system that takes an acoustic panel and folds, presses, and fastens it down to give the wall-mounted lights their shape. The repeated folding pattern created becomes sculptural.

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Photo by Charlie White.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.