Our founders - Endrus Arge, Sparry Kivilo and Henri Rüüsak - couldn’t believe how much noise one or two people could make in a small office.
Loud phone calls and noisy conversations travelled fast across an open plan office. How was anyone supposed to concentrate with all that background noise?
Endrus, Sparry and Henri had started their first company – Wallenium – a manufacturer of custom soundproof partition walls. But they realised it wasn’t enough to put a partition wall between you and the sales guy shouting to a customer over a dodgy mobile signal. If you needed thinking space for uninterrupted work, you needed wrap-around soundproofing.
So the founders began playing around with the idea of a soundproof pod.
They needed to create a space where you can escape office distractions for meetings, take phone calls and write reports.
The prototype Silen Space pod
was created and shown off at the 2007 Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Then the global financial crisis struck. Wallenium put R&D on hold and concentrated on keeping the business afloat.
Endrus was sitting in his kitchen in 2017 battling a nasty bout of the flu when he had a breakthrough.
He realised that the core limitation of the prototype was its lack of flexibility. If he could create a space that was soundproof, moveable and adjustable, a huge issue facing open-plan offices would be addressed.
A few days later, and having fully recovered, Endrus presented the initial sketches
to the team and R&D was restarted.
Twelve years after the first concept was born, the new and improved Silen Spaces were unveiled to the world.
Nobody had seen anything like the Silen Space range before. The soundproofing was incredible. People who stepped inside a pod could hardly believe their ears: the noise of the busy trade fair outside the pod just melted away.
And we were offering much more than a cramped “phone kiosk” that felt more like a punishment cell than a place you’d choose to work. The Silen range could be adapted for one person or a team of eight; they could be wheeled into different positions and joined up with other pods.
At the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2019 we had our toughest test.
A small group of buyers asked Sparry if they could try a pod.
“Thank you,” they said. “We won’t tell you who we are, but we might come back tomorrow”.
Sparry followed the group round the Fair, and watched as they carried out the same tests with each of our competitors.
The next day the mystery buyers returned. “We’re from Spotify”, they said. “Your pods provide the best soundproofing we’ve found. We’d like to buy all the units you have on show.”
What started out as just another year, was turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. Within a short period of time, people stopped working in offices and had to look over their expenses.
That, of course, affected us as well. But we couldn’t just stand there and hope that things will get better and started acting. Very soon after we launched a new product range, Chatbox by Silen, that could fit in the home office, was easier to assemble, and what’s most important, had a web shop for quicker and simpler orders.
Meanwhile, our flagship Silen Space range was adjusted accordingly by a new concept – Safe Workplace by Silen. It includes an antibacterial exterior and interior, a special HEPA air filter, and secure door handles.
Fortunately, the next year worked in our favour. After our orders skyrocketed, we had to carry out a thought we had had for a long time – move to a new, bigger factory.
Starting autumn, Silen recruited many new employees to manufacture a lot more office pods than ever before.
However, the impact Covid-19 had on people’s mental health couldn’t be left unnoticed. That’s when we shook hands with Synctuiton, the experts in the mindfulness field, to create a unique product – MindSpa. The world’s first relaxation booth helps rejuvenate in only 25 minutes. Just a few months after the launch we received an Innovation award for it by the elite North American Best of NeoCon competition.
Around the same time, we launched something else the world had not seen before – Silenbooking. It is a platform where you can book a Silen Space to work anywhere (e.g., cafe, mall, other public areas). All the Spaces come with verifiably secure WiFi, adjustable monitors, frosted privacy screens, and the same top-notch acoustics and ventilation all our products are known for.
So far, the year 2022 has been a huge success. We finally launched a product range we had been thinking about for quite some time and are now the first manufacturer of office pods to offer a complete range of universally accessible pods.
What differentiates the new range from the flagship Silen Space range are the added functionalities (automatically opening door, low threshold, and foldable tables and chairs) to guarantee accessibility for everyone. Our innovative idea was soon after recognized again by the Best of NeoCon competition jury and we made history by winning the Innovation award for 2 consecutive years.
To our surprise, the awarding did not stop there. Only a day later, we won another award – NeoCon Business Award. These were handed out for the first time by a group of enterprise-oriented journalists who contribute to publications including Fast Company, The Economist, The New York Times, and Forbes.
Right now, we’re operating in 45 countries around the world and always looking to expand our network. And the innovation hasn’t stopped. Silen founders and the team continue developing new ideas that will help you get the best out of your workspace.
You. The customer. We have all worked in an environment that does not allow for focus, and we know how damaging it can be not only on your performance, but also your wellbeing.
We create office solutions that allow you to work more effectively. Our Spaces reduce sound like no other, which means that you experience:
By moving the noise (or yourself) into the Space, disturbances will be reduced.
Because regaining your focus after a distraction is difficult.
Because we all work better in silence.
With a heavy focus on design and the highest-quality materials. We have a strong engineering and design team who are ruthless in leaving no stone unturned and looking for the most optimal solution.
We know how important silence is in the workplace because our sales team are a very loud group. In fact, they ring a cowbell whenever they close a deal. This is what it sounds like in the office: