Sustainability focus & design with acoustic panels

Restaurant Rest - Oslo, Norway

Design & acoustic in Oslo restaurant

At the restaurant Rest in Oslo the focus is on recycling everything from food to building material as a red thread throughout the concept in the restaurant. Not only when it comes to the food and the dishes it is served on but also down to the uniforms of the waiters and acoustic tiles on the ceiling.

Project info

Bornstein Lyckefors Architects
Products installed

A ceiling is not just a ceiling

The choice was Parafon Step - an acoustic ceiling made of sustainable stone wool which enhances the room acoustics and has given the restaurant the sound environment they were looking for.

“Neither the head chef nor I had thought too much about the ceiling, but I am delighted we got in touch with Parafon. Everyone who has experienced the challenge of poor acoustics in certain places knows that a ceiling is not just a ceiling. Here, we have succeeded in creating a cosy, and muted, atmosphere in which we can also play the music we want. Sound, or lack of sound, is actually much more important than you would think,” says Øystein Ruud, initiator and chairman of the board. “We also think this is cool and a good fit. It’s an important part of the interior.”

Reinforces the space

The ceiling we are talking about Parafon Step, a ceiling solution that offers unlimited possibilities for creating attractive and unique interior solutions. “Parafon Step for grids is perfect for environments such as Rest. because it offers so many possibilities in terms of design and expression. I believe that it reinforces the interior decoration of the space here, while also allowing easy access to all technical installations above the suspended ceiling. Overall, I believe it reinforces the holistic experience of the space, and contributes to the interior design and decoration of the space,” says Jonny Aas, Country Manager. To develop the ceiling, they worked together with the renowned architecture firm Bornstein Lyckefors, where the basic idea was simple; acoustic plates in nine different formats and thicknesses to create different height levels.

Everyone who has experienced the challenge of poor acoustics in certain places knows that a ceiling is not just a ceiling.
Øystein Ruud - Chairman of the board, Restaurant Rest.

Parafon Step combines design ceiling and acoustic

Using stone wool in plates of different thicknesses creates unique acoustics in spaces where many people gather simultaneously. This creates comfortable noise conditions for customers, as well as employees who spend long periods of time in this type of work environment. “The Parafon Step concept is perfect for premises in which you don’t just want the ceiling to provide a neutral base. Particularly premises such as restaurants, cafés, offices and hotels, where design and function are incredibly important,” says Jonny Aas, Country Manager.

On top the contrast between the natural raw structure of the stone wool on the visible edges of the acoustic tiles and smooth surfaces contributes further to the dynamics and variation and is a design feature by itself.

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