Autex collaborated with Rebecca Asquith and Tim Wigmore from Designtree to create acoustic furniture and lighting.
For Designtree's shade material we investigated other materials and other PET panel options, as initially Autex did not offer the exact solution we required. However we found Autex to be very accommodating and we were able to work with the company to achieve the exact properties that we desired from the PET panel. We were chuffed to reach this solution as we wanted to work with Autex for two key reasons: Firstly one of the key platforms of Designtree is using ‘Eco’ materials where possible. The Autex material fits this bill in three key ways: The high recycled content, Autex’s reclamation of production off cuts to recycle back into their material loop and being a company that manufactures locally.
Secondly the staff at Autex have been fantastic. Being able to get in-depth product information and support, fabrication advice and follow up service has proven to be invaluable and helped greatly with the success of the product development both for earlier designs and in particular for this product.
Now that the Frankie Collection is established in the market and has been utilized in some good sized projects, Designtree have found that customers are purchasing items from the range for three key reasons:
- The flexibility that Designtree's modular lighting system offers has proven to be its primary benefit. The range of cord colours and the possibility to customise the Cube panel lampshade colours are huge draw cards, but the ability to extend a single pendant lamp lengthwise to create a long chain of lamps – using the Frankie Pendant Extension and corner kits – is the biggest asset.
- The unusual look of the product. It is something new and unique looking, in no small part due to the tactile nature of the Cube material.
- Designtree have seen the acoustic quality of the Frankie Pendant become increasingly sought after, as more clients develop an appreciation of the importance of the acoustics of various spaces.