Providing architects, designers, acousticians, engineers, students and creative professionals with a visual encyclopedia of sound-absorbing materials, this book is categorised according to application. Each material includes a full-page profile with color photographs and illustrations, reference projects, manufacturer contact details, technical specifications, and sound absorption performance data. Installation photos are presented throughout to showcase these materials in a variety of interior design and architectural contexts and underscore some of the common acoustical and material challenges presented by specific applications, such as healthcare, education, performing arts, office, retail and industrial environments. An introductory chapter concisely explains basic technical concepts outlining how sound-absorbing materials function, why sound absorbing materials are important, how to maximise the performance of absorptive materials, and how to select the best materials according to the application. The reader will gain familiarity with existing and emerging materials, and be inspired to work with sound-absorbing materials in new, innovative.