Sound Forms Ltd

A unique acoustic panelled system creates a superior acoustic environment for performers on stage and provides significant sound projection towards audiences, housed inside a beautifully designed tensile structure; Sound Forms Ltd is the world’s leading outdoor acoustic stage.

The cutting-edge Sound Forms Acoustic Shell was winner of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Achievement Award of Excellence in 2012, the World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 and BD Architect of the Year 2014.

Product Design BSc student James Ward’s prototype provides an elegantly designed lighting product to match the acoustic shell.

Veil mimicks the aesthetics of an armadillo and interacts visually with audio elements.

“Having the chance to develop my computer-aided design (CAD) skills, perform research into embedded electronics and gain access to the workshop facilities were what I appreciated most from doing the project,” said James, now working as a designer for contemporary lighting design installation company LUUM. “They’re what I’ve carried on into my current working life.”

Collaboration with an authentic and inventive company demonstrated professionalism to James’ present employer. Designing Veil with industry constraints in mind, also prepared him for communicating with clients and manufacturers.

“It remains a work in progress, but we are interested in developing the product with James,” says Executive Chairman, Mark Stephenson.

Whilst still in development, there are no current products on the market like the Veil prototype. Sound Forms Ltd may be one step closer to offering their own bespoke lighting to compliment their award winning structures.

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