pinta acoustic’s custom WILLTEC® panels enhance the atmosphere in Brasserie Bernard, an elegant Parisian-style restaurant in Montreal

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Brasserie Bernard is a classic French brasserie in the heart of Outremont, a high-end neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Owners of several popular restaurants, brothers Maurice, Paul and Richard Holder knew from experience that acoustics are an important part of developing an ideal atmosphere. To create a space that allows for comfortable communication, the Holder brothers selected lightweight, WILLTEC® direct-apply panels from pinta acoustic, inc. In addition to providing acoustic benefits, the custom golden-yellow panels harmonize with the multidimensional painted ceiling and walls, and contrast with the black wood and leather banquettes.

“Several years ago, we received some complaints about the acoustics in our art deco-style McGill Street restaurant, Holder,” says Maurice Holder, co-owner of the Holder brother restaurants. “Jean Sebastien Marineau from pinta acoustic, inc. suggested custom WILLTEC acoustic panels. Once installed, we noticed a signficant difference. It became more comfortable for our patrons and employees to converse. When Paul and I were planning Brasserie Bernard, we decided to include WILLTEC right from the start.”

Brasserie Bernard has hardwood floors, oversized mirrors and dark wood pillars topped with contrasting golden-yellow tiles. Without an acoustical treatment, hard surfaces in a space will reflect sound energy. Excessive sound builds up and produces higher levels of background noise. This often results in people speaking louder, which makes it even more difficult to have an enjoyable conversation.

“Our painter created a unique texture and color by layering paints on the ceiling and walls,” explains Holder. “We provided a sample of the color to pinta acoustic. They formulated a custom coating that coordinated with the ceiling.”

Approximately 600 square feet (55.74 square meters) of the 2,200 square foot (204.39 square meters) dining area received acoustic treatment with 23.62- by 23.62-inch (600 by 600 mm), 2 inch (51 mm)-thick WILLTEC custom panels finished with a specially formulated water-based, golden-yellow acoustic coating. The panels were quickly adhered to the ceiling with pinta’s acouSTIC™ adhesive.

Smooth-surface, direct-apply WILLTEC wall and ceiling panels provide superior sound absorption and limitless design possibilities at an economical cost.  ASTM E84 Class A, CAN/ULC-S102 fire-rated, natural grey or white WILLTEC panels can be produced in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses with square or bevel edges and color coated in a variety of standard, premium and custom water-based finishes. WILLTEC panels adhere to most substrates using pinta’s PA-02 water- or PA-03 silicone-based acouSTIC adhesives. If necessary, panels can easily be cut to fit on-site. Edge sealant is also available.

For information on WILLTEC and other pinta acoustic products, visit, email, or call 1.800.662.0032 or +1 612.355.4200.


Brasserie Bernard
Brasserie Bernard is Parisian-French restaurant serving lunch and dinner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Situated in the heart of Outremont, a high-end neighborhood, Brasserie Bernard has a bar and a dining area as well as a terrace. The menu includes appetizers such as grilled octopus salad, fried calamari with grana Padano and classic beef tartar. Main-course dishes include roasted scallops, braised veal ravioli with porto, confit duck leg among others. Children’s and dessert menus are also available. In addition to Holder and Brasserie Bernard, the Holder brothers own Café du Nouveau Monde, Le 409, Le Darling, Le Majestique, Le Waverly and Le Confetti in Montreal.

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pinta acoustic SONEX Linear provides color saturation that meets interior design vision at Atmosphere’s showroom and WORKLAB

pinta acoustic AtmosphereSONEX® Linear Custom Baffles from pinta acoustic add striking color in the downtown Minneapolis showroom and WORKLAB at Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. Design is a focus in the newly renovated Atmosphere office, which serves as a world-class showroom and flexible workspace for employees. Custom HPC-coated SONEX Linear Baffles reflect the carpet runner and complement the draperies with the added benefit of acoustic control.

In 2017, Atmosphere began a full renovation of two floors in the historic Young Quinlan building. The renovation included a 30,000-square foot (2787-square meter) WORKLAB and office furniture showroom that highlights the newest products, finishing and work environment. Incorporating residential and commercial features, the WORKLAB offers a balance between collaborative and individual spaces.

To mirror the color of the carpet runner on the ceiling, the design team initially considered fabric-wrapped baffles. More affordable, SONEX Linear was a superior choice because it could be custom coated to match Atmosphere’s corporate aquamarine color.

“It’s vital for us to maintain an updated look. The architect’s design exposed the original terrazzo floor and opened up the front entrance with glass,” says Susan Jakusz, operations manager at Atmosphere. “The design is ideal for the WORKLAB, which is also a beta workspace partnership between Steelcase and Microsoft. It combines technology and a unique creative work environment where many employees do not have designated desks and choose where they work.”

The office is equipped with sensors to provide valuable insight into how the space is being used. Large monitors display available work areas.

In addition to offering a streamlined appearance, SONEX Linear Baffles absorb unwanted sound reflecting off glass, gypsum, terrazzo floors and other hard surfaces. SONEX Linear provides a streamlined appearance and highly customizable options including sizes, profiles and colors. Made from pinta acoustic’s Class 1 fire-rated willtec® foam, the baffles are available in lengths up to 96 inches (2438 mm) with depths from 6 to 24 inches (152 to 610 mm). SONEX Linear Baffles are easy to install using channel trim and acouSTIC adhesive.

For information or to order, visit, email, or call 1.800.662.0032 or +1 612.355.4200.


Atmosphere Commercial Interiors
Atmosphere Commercial Interiors is committed to fostering long-term business relationships. The company serves organizations around the globe of every size, from start-up to Fortune 500, in corporate, health care, education and hospitality industries. A Steelcase dealer, Atmosphere’s comprehensive portfolio of products and services brings clients’ spaces to life. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona, the company is embedded in the communities and passionate about providing world-class workspaces. Atmosphere Commercial Interiors is a part of Omni Workspace Company.

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pinta acoustic ceiling clouds enhance the industrial-chic aesthetics and acoustics in PlayCore and Dero office

Dero_Breakroom_800pxThe new PlayCore and Dero office, in the Northern Stacks business park in Minneapolis, has an open-plan, industrial-chic design with indoor bicycle parking and a climbing wall in the reception area. To absorb sound within the space, architect Brian Hunke, AIA from Mohagen Hansen, recommended pinta acoustic’s BALANCE and WHISPERWAVE Ceiling Clouds.

PlayCore and Dero were in the heart of downtown for nearly 20 years. Many of the employees commute to work by bicycle, making the location of the new office essential. PlayCore provides innovative playground and recreational equipment to match the unique needs of each community it serves. Dero, a PlayCore company, designs and manufactures bike parking products.

“Easy access to major highways for shipping, rail transit and metro-connected bicycle trails for employee commuting were key considerations. Sustainability is also central to our businesses,” says Andy Lageson, vice president and general manager of Dero. “Located near the Mississippi river trails, Northern Stacks was ideal for our new headquarters.”

“To achieve an industrial-chic look, the PlayCore and Dero office space was designed with concrete floors, other hard surfaces and open areas,” says Brian Hunke, AIA. “To minimize unwanted sound reflecting off the hard surfaces and traveling throughout the open spaces it needed acoustic absorbers. Having worked with pinta acoustic’s products before, I knew they would have an affordable, attractive solution.”

Dero_Breakroom2_800pxHunke had visited the pinta acoustic booth at a local architectural trade show. He specified two of the products that he saw at the exhibition, BALANCE and WHISPERWAVE Ceiling Clouds.

The combined company office space has concrete floors, gypsum walls and exposed ceilings. The lobby features two stories of glass in the corner as well as a visitor bike parking area. To absorb sound reverberating off the hard surfaces in the lobby, two 42- by 96-inch (1067 by 2438 mm) WHISPERWAVE Ceiling Clouds are suspended over the reception desk. The 900-square foot (83.61-square meter) breakroom is separated with a half-wall that is adjacent to the climbing wall, conference room and lobby. An overhead glass door can be lowered to provide additional separation between the conference room and breakroom. Hung over the breakroom, 18 BALANCE Ceiling Clouds with dimensions of 46 by 46 inches (1168 by 1168 mm) help absorb sound within the space.

WHISPERWAVE Ceiling Clouds, Panels and Baffles provide design flexibility and exceptional acoustical control across all frequencies. Class 1 fire-rated and lightweight, WHISPERWAVE products are offered in standard and custom wave designs. These products are easy to install and are available in standard and custom dimensions in natural white and grey. WHISPERWAVE acoustical products can also be HPC-coated in standard, premium or custom colors.

BALANCE Ceiling Clouds provide acoustical control while maintaining the appearance of an open ceiling. Completely preassembled, BALANCE products are easy to suspend from any ceiling or roof deck and are ideal for open-office environments and loft spaces. BALANCE Ceiling Clouds are composed of a 15/16 inch (24 mm) thick WHITELINE® Panel with a lightweight aluminum frame. WHITELINE Panels feature fleece laminated to Class 1 fire-resistant willtec® foam. Panels are available in white, black or custom colors. Offered in natural aluminum and white, BALANCE frames are available with nonexposed or exposed 3/8 inch (10 mm)-wide flange around the perimeter.

PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play and recreation through research, education and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play and recreation solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve.

Dero’s employees’ real-world insight from their bike-centric lives helps them design innovative, high-quality and functional bicycling infrastructure that people rely on every day. Dero takes pride in American-made craftsmanship, sustainable practices, excellent customer service, as well as expertise in bike parking, public bike repair and street design amenities.

Dero offers customers, wherever they are in the sales process, excellent customer service to help find the best products for their project. Our sales and customer service teams are professional and experts in the field of bike parking. Whether it’s a homeowner who wants a bike rack in the front yard or an architect who needs hundreds of bikes parked in a bike room, Dero is happy to offer instructions, free CAD layouts, and even design of custom products to meet their needs.

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SONEX Valueline offers an aesthetic and functional solution for Alchemist shop

SONEXWhile SONEX® Valueline Panels are known to provide effective and affordable sound control, Rene Gonzalez Architect recognized the acoustical panels as much more. SONEX Valueline proved to be the ideal material to provide the insulated atmosphere that the architect envisioned for the new Alchemist shop in Miami Beach, Fla. The product covers 1,945 square feet (180.7 square meters) within the boutique’s 2,500-square foot (232.26 square meters) area. Very important, SONEX meets Miami Beach’s stringent fire code.

Set in the bustling and popular Lincoln Road shopping district, Alchemist caters to an elite audience with a discerning eye toward design. When conceptualizing the ground floor shop, Rene Gonzalez Architect knew they wanted to embrace the energy of the neighborhood and find a distinctive solution for their aesthetic expectations. The architecture firm set to work to create a unique style for the store that invites the lively crowds to enjoy an oasis of tranquility. They also wanted to incorporate a dynamic lighting effect that echoed the Miami Beach skyline and was reminiscent of urban areas in Japan. pinta’s SONEX Valueline met all those requirements while absorbing sound reverberating off glass, acrylic, steel and sealed Chattahoochee stone surfaces.

“The look and texture of SONEX completely fit our design needs for Alchemist,” says Monica Vazquez, associate at Rene Gonzalez Architect. “SONEX was the only suitable material that met Miami Beach’s strict fire code regulations for flame spread and smoke density.”

The panels installed at Alchemist are 2 by 4 feet (610 by 1,219 mm) and 1.5 inches (38 mm) thick. To create lighting reminiscent of the Miami Beach skyline, the contractors hollowed out sections of the panels and installed LED lights, programmed to change colors, vertically on the walls. Lighting from the ceiling also radiates from behind and around the SONEX ceiling clouds. During the day, SONEX Valueline reflects natural light from the large front window throughout the store.

“SONEX cut like butter and at the same time cut clean,” says Kevin Regalado, project director at Rene Gonzalez Architect. “We were able to miter corners, curve the panels for unique display areas, and adhere the product to plywood to create ceiling clouds that are suspended from aluminum studs.”

Regalado explains: “During construction, we noticed how loud it was in the space. There was a world of difference after SONEX was installed. Suddenly everything became peaceful.”

SONEX Valueline Panels are made from Class 1 fire-rated willtec® acoustical material. SONEX offers excellent acoustical control across all frequencies with a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) ranging from 0.75 to 1.05. The panels are especially effective at absorbing excessive sound at the middle frequencies (500 and 1,000 Hz). They have a subtle surface pattern and are available in multiple colors and sizes.

To download “The Science of Better Acoustics” white paper, go to  To learn more about pinta acoustic and its product line, visit or call 1.800.662.0032 or +1 612.355.4200.

About Alchemist

Owned by Roma Cohen and Erika Cohen, Alchemist occupies two spaces in the Miami Beach Lincoln Road parking garage designed by Herzog and de Meuron. The fifth-floor skybox features an eclectic mix of high-fashion styles from well-known designers to emerging brands. The ground floor shop features men’s and women’s upscale fashion, beauty and lifestyle items. Both boutiques were designed by Rene Gonzalez Architect.

About Rene Gonzalez Architect

Founded in 1997 in Miami, Rene Gonzalez Architect (RGA) believes that a building is inexorably linked to the cultural and natural environment beyond its physical footprint. The work intentionally blurs traditional lines and creates an active design conversation with a site’s ambient elements. Detail-oriented and contemporary, the award-winning firm specializes in the design of museum and gallery spaces, hospitality, commercial, retail and residential projects. RGA strives to shift perceptions of design and open a dialogue with the spaces we occupy.

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pinta acoustic’s custom triangle baffles provide a unique look and acoustical control at ESIF

MINNEAPOLIS – When the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., designed the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), one of its primary goals was to showcase sustainable design and energy efficiency. ESIF’s office wing features open-plan office areas with large windows and a metal ceiling deck, which reflect sound and could make it harder for workers to communicate and concentrate. To extend light reflectancy and reduce noise and echo, without detracting from the décor, the architects selected pinta acoustic’s custom willtec® triangle baffles.

The workstations within the open office spaces have shorter cubical partitions to allow for maximum daylight, thus lowering energy costs. These shorter walls, along with the hard surfaces, allow sound to reverberate throughout the space. pinta acoustic’s willtec triangle baffles are attractive and absorb sound to make these areas more productive environments with greater speech intelligibility.

Seven hundred fifty-four HPC-coated triangle baffles were suspended in work areas with 16-foot-high (4.87 m) ceilings. Installed using pinta acoustic’s wall-to-wall cable system, the baffles are hung at a 45-degree angle to complement the line of the bar joists in the metal roof deck.

pinta acoustic’s custom triangle baffles are created with willtec lightweight foam. willtec is Class 1 fire-rated and available in natural white or light grey with an optional HPC coating in black, white, light blue, almond, ivory, light grey and medium grey colors. Panel sizes can be any dimension up to 48 inches by 96 inches (1,219 x 2,438 mm), and typical thicknesses range between 2 and 3 inches (51 to 76 mm). Custom shapes, colors and sizes are available.

To download “The Science of Better Acoustics” white paper, go to To learn more about pinta acoustic and its product line, visit or call 1.800.662.0032 or +1 612.355.4200.

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Blue Smoke Restaurant with Metal Ceiling Tiles


Blue Smoke restaurant in Battery Park City, NYC, features pinta acoustic ceiling products

When Blue Smoke opened its second New York City location, the restaurant’s owners wanted a natural-meets-industrial décor evocative of the original site without being directly imitative. The ceiling treatment also needed to provide acoustical control  a vital component in a busy Manhattan restaurant. Blue Smoke selected ceiling products from pinta acoustic  BIOLINE® Organic Wood Ceiling Tiles and SQUARELINE® Metal Ceiling Tiles for the new Battery Park City location.

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