Design by Johan Kauppi for Glimakra of Sweden

It all started with a curious thought - can solid wood furniture be given acoustic properties?

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Wakufuru is a collection of tables, benches and islands - combining sound absorption with solid wooden furniture. An innovative corner design, provides a system consistent family where all tables and seats are constructed the same way - regardless of height or size. Every piece of furniture hides an effective sound absorber, built up by several interacting materials and air gaps, all responding to the volume of the furniture.

Wakufuru Collection by Glimakra of Sweden, design Johan Kauppi

It all started with a curious thought - can wood furniture be given acoustic properties?

“Wood as a material, always contributes with a natural warmth in interiors. I wanted to find out if solid wood furniture could also reflect some of the sound atmosphere experienced in forests. Already the first sketches were based on a design that focuses on Glimakra of Swedens long tradition and history of wood production. The goal was to combine a great knowledge of wood with the expertise in acoustic solutions that is found in the company. The result is an essence of true craftsmanship, advanced wood technology and a great attention to acoustics.”  – Johan Kauppi

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 Photo: Patrik Svedberg

Photo: Patrik Svedberg

Wakufuru is delivered in flat packages and the legs in solid ash are assembled after delivery. The legs' high precision makes the furniture extremely stable and easy to repeat side by side. The table frame is CNC milled in solid ash and the top is made of veneer covered MDF, lacquered in water-based paint.

Below an animation explaining the structure of the design and the hidden combination of optimized layers that interacts to make the furniture efficient sound absorbers. Animation and music by Nina Kauppi.