Incanto Enjoys Acoustical Upgrades – San Francisco

by Jan Ellis Float on September 20, 2010

Out of sight … out of mind. Directly behind these alluring Incanto visuals, created by customized digital imagery onto sound-absorbing screens, lies a state-of-the-art and cost-effective acoustical system. Who knew? Our expert team at Wall Covering Designs Inc. fabricated and installed these four wall panels within just two days, and the results — well, the results literally speak for themselves.

INCANTO — Italy’s “Enchantment”

The construction process, though sophisticated in style and function, is actually quite simple. For design tekkies, the Incanto fast track: We inserted two-inch Whisper Walls into each of the four perimeter frames, filled their core areas with six-pound density Owens Corning Fiberglass, and stretched the digitally-imaged WhisperSpan fabrics to those outer rims for attachment. Wa-la. A complete acoustical system obscured by an aesthetically-appealing finish! Incanto patrons now experience the ultimate in fine dining: exceptional cuisine, enticing atmosphere and audible conversation. As Good As It Gets!

Rustic elegance — and pleasant communion — from every angle

So what are these results, exactly? This system has an NRC [Noise Reduction Coefficient] rating of 1.05. Uh, okay. And just how does that figure equate to sound control? Stay tuned for our post entitled Acoustics 101 – Abridged. In the interim, while enjoying your favorite Incanto meal and whitty repartee with tablemates and staff, sneak a peek at their main entry ceiling. “Painted sheetrock,” you say? Wrong! It’s actually our WhisperSpan ceiling with a .095 NRC. Can you hear a discernable difference? [Bet you can even feel it inside, too.]

The lovely Dante Room

So now, in addition to serving its award-winning Italian cuisine and wines, Incanto offers a pleasant social whir. For groups of ≤20, their smaller dining room, a beautiful tribute to Dante, provides an  intimate venue from which to share, perhaps, the menu’s famed Leg of Beast or Whole Pig.

Dante, our Main Man – Poet & Philosopher, would certainly approve … and join in!






{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Lange October 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Having experienced a few restaurants lately where the din was overwhelming and made any intimate conversation nearly impossible, these acoustical panels could be used to great advantage by many restaurants. When choosing restaurants nowadays, friends and I use the noisy-or-not quotient almost as much as the quality of the food. Could we see a list of restaurants using these panels and techniques?

Cathy Brase October 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

How great to invent acoustical panels that will benefit such nice restaurants. Also very attractive at that. We also try to choose restaurants that aren’t very loud, and they are hard to find. This will be a great advantage to many restaurants and other businesses alike.

Cathy Edwards October 5, 2010 at 12:33 am

Finding a nice restaurant with quiet surroundings can sometimes be a challenge. Your acoustical panels sound like a perfect solution to this problem. In addition to adding an attractive and artistic touch to the walls, the acoustical panels sound like a great way for any business to transform its location into a peaceful atmosphere for its customers to enjoy. I hope to see the acoustical panels used by many restaurants in the future.

Patti Schwartz October 5, 2010 at 1:13 am

We definitely select restaurants (or de-select them) on the noise criterion. The idea of going out to a restaurant is paired with the idea of enjoying the conversation along with the meal, and an intelligent restaurant owner should control audio pollution as much as possible. Terrific product–hope it spreads everywhere!

Justin Yabrof October 5, 2010 at 1:49 am

We will definitely be searching out Incanto in our travels around SF. The noise levels at some of our favorite restaurants can be detrimental to an enjoyable night out. (You heard me, Betelnut. Or maybe you didn’t – over the ambient noise.)

dhbadmin October 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Thanks Justin,
We’ll follow up with Betelnut, and hopefully they will hear))))) us!

Colleen Redamonti October 5, 2010 at 2:41 am

I recently had an evening out with my husband and friends. We love the atmosphere of the hip restaurant Beretta at 1199 Valencia Street, but when trying to catch up with our friends it was impossible to hear each other unless we were raising our voices to an uncomfortable level. You might want to peddle your product to them. Just might be a well-recieved addition to an already great, but noisy, place.

Jodi October 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

This is wonderful. Will someone please tell Stellina in Point Reyes that there is no need for the noise level TO BE SO LOUD? Was there two nights ago with several good friends….and my ears are still ringing. Very good food….but SO SO LOUD. The noise level was not pleasant at all. Now my ears have PTSD….. 

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