Design Guild Mark Holder


Name of Designer:

Jones & Partners
DGM Number


Date of Award


Manufacturers’ Name

The Collective Agency


Swell is a lightweight, horizontally seamless acoustic wall cladding solution with a unique height of 2.7m made from eco-material EchoPanel®. Offering both acoustic and environmental properties, Swell is reminiscent of a wave. The innovation lies in its most unique asset – its scale. Bespoke machinery dedicated to achieving Swell’s 2700mm high x 900mm heat-moulded panels; the largest compression-press tool in Europe, was engineered by The Collective Agency. The tooling required to accommodate the curved height of the moulded panel left 1mm to spare to allow the blade to cut the panel to size, so precision was critical. Swell illustrates the importance of trust between designer and manufacturer which creates the confidence to take risks and believe in intuition.


Jones & Partners are an award-winning multi-disciplinary design company with over 20 years of experience. Specialising in furniture, lighting and battery technology Jones + Partners also brought their acoustic knowledge to the product development of Swell adding the science of sound dampening, materials and the rigorous manufacturing and testing processes to the design process. 

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