Acoustic Art

WhisperArt® is fabric-covered acoustic art perfect for areas where noise negatively affects the soundscape, while adding a visual dimension to the space.

Materialised supply commercial trade and professional interior design markets with distinctive, thought-provoking acoustic wall art. The type that elevates design and starts a conversation! We have put together an image library consisting of a carefully curated collection and offer an exciting suite of substrate and framing options, giving you the flexibility to find exactly what you need for your project.

And the beauty is, our team can work with you on co-ordinating high-performance fabrics and wall covering so that you reduce the number of suppliers you need to deal with. Resulting in a beautifully well-executed and co-ordinated fit-out.

Each WhisperArt® panel is constructed with a patented rigid polymer frame extrusion that eliminates the use of adhesives, nails, tacks, or tape while maintaining constant rigidity. This system allows you to recycle the framework while changing the fabric ‘skin’ if it is damaged or a change of decoration is required.

Materialised manufactures acoustic art in-house. This commitment to quality is defining the new standard for design flexibility, acoustical performance and value.

How It Works

Each panel contains an acoustic absorber. The soundwaves pass through the outer skin of fabric, through to the infill where the sound energy is absorbed. The WhisperArt© absorber (25mm) NRC Rating is 0.85.

The Detail

The acoustic absorbers are manufactured from thermally bonded polyester fibre with up to 80% recycled fibre content from post-consumer PET packaging such as empty drink bottles.

  • GreenTag certified
  • Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Certified in accordance with ISO 14025
  • Product Health Declaration (PHD) certified
  • Declare certified
  • Suitable for Green Star™ projects
  • No red list chemicals are present
  • No ozone-depleting gases are used during the manufacturing process
  • Safe, non-irritant, non-toxic, and non-allergenic
  • Products are 100% recyclable
  • High reuse potential
  • Tested to AS ISO 9705 Corner Burn in accordance with AS 5637.1
  • Group 1 SMOGRA not more than 100m2 /s2 x 1000
  • AS 1530.3
  • Ignitability: 0
  • Spread of Flame: 0
  • Heat Evolved: 0
  • Smoke Developed: 0-1

A range of flame retardant fabric with a modified weave is used for our art, allowing air to freely pass through, whilst maintaining printed integrity. Corfu, Arizona and Linen Look are some of the most popular.

All art can be box framed with a selection of sustainably sourced timber finishes.

Ask our team for more information, specific to your project requirements.

We understand that every space is unique, therefore our custom design options allow for an almost unlimited choice of design and colour, or you may choose to use your own images.

Can’t decide what images to use? Head to our extensive Image Library. The library provides a curated collection of designs ranging from abstract, landscapes, photographic and botanicals that suit any project.

There is a range of standard sizes or we can customise. However, transportation of the panels must be considered. The maximum size is 1200 x 2400mm.

Each panel is reinforced with four corner inserts that are riveted into the track profile.

100mm of bleed is used for tucking the fabric and for proper alignment of patterns.

WhisperArt® is supplied fully assembled and ready to hang, just like normal artwork. Installation is simple and is done using a plastic or aluminium split batten z-clip (included) connecting to the panel’s track profile. The other half is screwed into the wall. Screws are not included.

Gently vacuum regularly with appropriate attachment. If subject to spillage, blot  immediately. Keep blotting until spillage is removed. Warm soapy water or upholstery shampoo can be used for any marks or stains. Pre-test all solutions on a hidden area. Always rinse with clean water and blot dry to finish. If in any doubt, contact Materialised.

Technical Overview & Drawings

WhisperArt technical overview
WhisperArt framed technical specs (1)
WhisperArt – With Frame
Polymer track stretching system (bold lines)
Absorber (curved lines)
Fabric (dashed lines)
WhisperArt unframed technical specs
WhisperArt – Without Frame
Polymer track stretching system (bold lines)
Absorber (curved lines)
Fabric (dashed lines)


Framed acoustic art can also be referred to as a box frame, a shadow frame, or a floating frame. A little different from a traditional framed print, the artwork sits within the box frame with a 5mm gap, creating a sophisticated shadow effect between the frame and the acoustic art panel.

Dimensions: Shadow frames are 10mm thick, and 55mm deep.

Our timber frames are all supplied by local Australian-owned companies using the best of materials. The black and the white timber frames have a smooth finish. The oak frames are textural and the colour/grain will vary slightly, naturally. All products comply with Australian standards as set by Australian agriculture and water resources, all logging due diligence is met to Australian standards and all country of origin timber declaration is met to confirm chain of custody.

Hanging Mechanisms

Our acoustic art includes an aluminium split batten that connects to the panels track profile which is compatible with Gyprock and masonry fixings.

Production Lead Times

Acoustic art is printed on demand onto our acoustic fabric in Sydney, Australia and then stretched (and framed if specified). It has a production timeframe of approx. 3-4 weeks.

How To Order

Head to our Image Library App to browse our curated collection of art and frame options there, or contact your Project Manager for an appointment or our Customer Service team on +61 2 8558 3500 / sales@materialised.com

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