When design student Sigrid Strömgren was a trainee at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg she came to be working with researchers specializing in noise. The task she was given was to make an inventory of noise reduction methods in public areas. She had never worked with that before and it was a new world that opened up. But her approach as a designer made her realize that the problem had been addressed in the wrong way - to her it seemed more reasonable to integrate silence into the design rather than making efforts to reduce noise around it afterwards.
Standing at this intersection of design and noise reduction research she found the idea for her master exam project. Furniture in public areas is often made of steel and this makes it noisy. Strömgren's goal was to make chairs and a table that are silent despite the fact that they are made of steel pipes. And with her finished product Quiet Whisper (Swedish) she has succeeded. The pipes are filled with a material that reduces vibrations and she is seeking patents for a couple of other new solutions that were developed for the design.
Her ability to see possibilities and achieve innovation at this intersection has paid off; Strömgren has been given a design award for Quiet Whisper and the table has been bought by a furniture company and is going into production soon. Connecting the two fields was an unexpected but excellent way of launching her career.