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My first Vallila

Tiira – Vallila Interior

My first textile project using a Vallila Interior product came by chance.

I was new in a local business group of a global network, and in our local group we had arranged a lottery between our guests. From my side the prize was a noise-dampening acoustic wall element, with the textile being the free choice of the receiver.

The receiver chose the textile theme called ‘Tiira’. The name of the black-stripe-headed seagull, in Finnish. Continue reading My first Vallila

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Restorative acoustic conditioning

(Suomeksi tässä)

Acoustical conditioning as a restorative factor

(A speech given to the local Toastmasters club members)

I open with a strong one-time clap of hands.

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Did anyone hear an echo? No? Well, it was a very quick-responding one. Not a long-ringing echo, such as one can hear in a large room. Continue reading Restorative acoustic conditioning

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Long time, no blog…

I haven’t sat down to post a blog in a long time. All summer, actually. I suppose that is a good thing. What if no-one has the time to read blogs in the summer, everyone being busy.

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Came home today with a Marimekko purchase. My wife, seeing only the paper bag, emotionally commented in the lines of “what have you spent money on, you know we can not afford…”. It took me a second or two of my own silence to figure out that she did not know what was in the bag.

For about 6 months, I have known that this piece of acoustic panel – with this particular  textile art – is something I really want to make. Partly because it is one of the few ideas of mine that my wife early on accepted to decorate our living-room. And partly because it (Räsymatto – rag rug) is one of my favorite patterns, showcasing a sense of harmony.

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Every time one of my acoustic projects crosses the finish line, I feel a certain satisfaction. Although a project did not turn out fully to my expectation, it is still a milestone in learning. And, not least, satisfaction arises from the fact that I am 1 step forward in program of planned releases.


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However, the best satisfaction with this project here is that it turned out very well. IMHO. It is time that it did turn out well; it has been a long road with quite a number of pilot projects..

Every project demands a bit of preparation work… and coffee 🙂


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About the author

Martin R.C. Andersson started out as a mechanical engineer, slowly developing a soft spot for project management in which he worked 10 years.
Although having resigned from a corporate career within project management, the soft spot he keeps alive through a keen interest in room environment treatment. By control of sound and light, looking to tweak for that noise-free listening… which should be a norm.
Values silence, and now and then solitude.
Thinks Mindfulness is a ‘state of being’ when work really gets done.
When thoughts flow – without disruption – to reach either a creative state or finish what’s at hand.

When the outside world is tuned out, performance is tuned in.
Feels best when Minimalism, Functionalism and Art come together, crossing their paths.

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Desiderata – the Harmony of Silence

Mind your Ear(s)

A quest to improve the quality of sound around You. By controlling echo.

And, to minimize the impact of noise in your space. You name the place.

Here you can seek to better enjoy and make use of your environment. Continue reading Desiderata – the Harmony of Silence