Windhoek is a sound insulation tile. The insulation is brought to the wall´s surface, controlling the acoustic of the space creating a fully functional piece of surface design. But Windhoek also takes you on a colorful journey that will awaken your senses .The raw textures that decorate the tiles are full of life and emotion while the rhythm of the prints will actually make you want to dance. It will make you feel you are taking in a little bit of Africa, there is an undeniable energy coming out of these tiles.
Marta Velasco Velasco, an artist and designer, developed them inspired by the landscape of Namibia. She soon learnt that recycling and reusing are a part of their tradition and set off to develop the Windhoek Sound Tiles with recycled denim sound insulation, a material usually installed in wall cavities, hidden from view. The challenge was to use this sustainable material without that being the main characteristic of the product and readapting it in a different context without looking out of place or losing its properties.
The malleability of the material has been explored further, with possible alternative uses including furniture design and fashion.
The personality of her bespoken tiles is achieved by screen printing patterns picked up by the artist as she learnt more about the Namibian culture. This is how she describes it,