Arc is Sure to Make Some Waves

July 7, 2022

Introducing Arc

Arc features curves born out of nature but with its feet firmly planted in modern technology. This acoustic panel system by German designer Bernd Benninghoff ripples across the wall with subtle waves of soft wool felt mounted to a thin but mighty acoustic substrate. One standard panel size (with a half size thrown in) comes in five designs to allow endless pattern options. 

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Arc Diptych

About Bernd Benninghoff

A FilzFelt collaborator again and again, Bernd Benninghoff works as a furniture designer and interior architect based in Mainz, Germany. Since 2000, his design studio has developed serial furniture as well as room and exhibition concepts for international clients. For Bernd, objects and spatial context are interrelated. It is important for him to use authentic materials and appropriate manufacturing processes—in search of meaningful design solutions and room experiences with an independent character. We love Bernd for his efficient use of materials and his thoughtful approach to technology that creates complex designs that look seemingly simple.

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Bernd Benninghoff in Office

“I am always interested in structures with depth and three-dimensionality that can be experienced both visually and physically. The surface of Arc plays with light and shadow and comes alive with the movement and change of light.”

Bernd Benninghoff Office Triptych

Behind the Design

Over the last several years, Bernd explored a variety of new manufacturing possibilities and found potential in a previous design. Catch our latest Behind the Design as he takes us through the evolution of Arc, his exploration of new technologies, and experimentation in an array of new and natural materials with his students in Mainz, Germany.

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Arc Prototype

“I think everyone will associate these wavy forms with their own experiences because it’s a frequently recurring motif in nature. Whether it’s the memory of a day at the sea or a babbling river, wind tracks in the sand, or gentle waves of grass or soft powdery snow, I think the design will resonate with everyone.”

Arc Landscape Inspiration
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