Icelandic furniture designer Sturla Már Jónsson [http://sturlamarjonsson.com/] has designed the Einrúm high-back sófa for furniture manufacturer AXIS [http://axis.is/] in Iceland.
“Einrúm” translates to “Solitude” in english which is just what the sofa is meant to provide – solitude in a noisy environment.
To provide this the sofa has been constructed of plywood sandwich which is filled with icelandic mineral wool. The inner-side is then opened up by making hundreds of perforations (slits) with a CAD/CAM router so the core ,with the mineral wool, is open to absorb sound. The size og the perforations is specially calculated to absorb the most distracting frequencies The outer side is solid to prevent sound going through. Then the sofa is upholstered with special foam and fabric which also allows sound to pass through to the mineral wool core. The cushions sit on “no-sag” springs which makes sitting comfortable.
The sofa does not only provide privacy to the user – due the absorbing mass it has good accoustic properties on the surrounding space.
Einrúm has been well received and is used in the restaurant in the award winning Harpa Concert Hall [http://en.harpa.is/], The Central Bank of Iceland and other open space environments.
Einrúm was introduced at Reykjavík Designmarch 2013 [http://www.designmarch.is/] and further developements , chairs and closed top sofa will be shown at DesignMarch 2014 [http://www.designmarch.is/].
Sturla Már Jonson has designed interiors and furniture since 1986. His furniture can be found in offices, schools, homes and Icelandic Embassies in Stockholm and London.
Photographer: Christopher Lund [http://www.chris.is/]
Einrúm sofa has only been published the designers web page before.