Inspired by cattails, which separate ponds from fields, the “EBB” by designer Ken Jasinski is a room or space divider that creates a quiet and visually secluded personal space in a public environment. The name EBB relates to the ebbing and flowing of tides, which is an analogy for the sound waves that it abates. The geometric shape of the tops divert sound waves, while the soft woolen outer absorbs sound and vibration. These tops are supported by fiberglass rods, which are inserted to a cement base. Each base has a slight curve in it, allowing it to form into different patterns ranging from circles, waves or clusters. The plastic tops and fiberglass rods can be colored to collaborate with various environments or signify its presence.
The mass of rods allows people to break the barrier by looking through the cattails to see what is beyond, providing security of not being trapped behind the barrier. Its placement in public spaces can be interpreted for different situations, like separating customers at a bank teller, around an ATM, in a library and functioning as a corral, so people can feel comfortable and confident while engaging in confidential activities. EBB’s use for public separation is up to the interpretation of the users.