What's That Sound? Exploring the Vital Role of Acoustics in Commercial Interiors

Nov. 20, 2023
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the acoustics conversation with our friends at Fräsch.

Research has demonstrated that unwanted noise in the workplace negatively impacts 70% of employees' concentration levels, productivity, and creativity, with similar results across education, healthcare, and hospitality environments. In this episode, i+s sits down with Slavi Younger, founder and partner of acoustical product manufacturer Fräsch, to discuss the drivers behind the heightened interest in acoustics in design; discuss what NRC ratings mean (and don’t mean); how acoustics should be considered across different project types, and more. 

Meet our guest

Slavi Younger is a Founder and Partner at Fräsch LLC.  Slavi has helped with the rapid growth of Fräsch by driving the sales and marketing efforts through innovative approaches in aesthetic acoustics.  Targeting four categories of acoustical products – ceilings, walls, space division, and lighting, Fräsch works closely with the A&D community and commercial furniture dealers.  Slavi spends considerable amount of time educating the design industry on sound and its effects on human health and wellbeing, and the importance of sound on the overall experience of any given space. Slavi teaches courses for Workplace  Acoustics as well as Acoustics and a Modern Human; both approved for a continuous education credit via AIA.  Along with this she has developed the training curriculum and marketing material used by the Fräsch sales force to promote its product offerings.  With the recent acquisition of Fräsch by an industry leader of acoustical products, Catalyst Acoustics Group, Slavi takes a strategic role in the company as Vice President Sales and Marketing to help lead the organization in its continued growth and success.

About the Author

Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.

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