Innovative Suspended Ceiling Systems: A Designer’s Guide

February 6, 2024

Designers constantly seek materials that blend style, quality, and functionality within a client’s budget. Suspended ceiling systems offer an array of options that meet these criteria, each with unique features and applications.

For information on the specifics of how a suspended ceiling can be integrated, check out our article What Is A Suspended Ceiling?

Exposed Grid Systems

○   Advantages: Cost Effective, easy access for maintenance

○   Applications: Ideal for commercial spaces, where functionality is key

Exposed Grid Systems
AMF Thermatex Acoustic 1500mm x 500mmMineral Fibre Tiles

Concealed Grid Systems

○   Advantages: Sleek look, seamless finish

○   Applications: Suited for high-end designs where aesthetic continuity is essential

Concealed Grid Systems
Double Hook-On Perforated Metal Panels at Melbourne Airport T2 Arrivals Hall – Design by Grimshaw

Batten Systems (Aluminium & Timber):

○   Advantages: Versatile in style, offers both modern and natural aesthetics

○   Applications: Perfect for spaces where a balance of elegance and contemporary design is desired

Aluminium Battens
Apollo 150mm (d) by 50mm (w) Aluminium Battens at 11 Eastern Road – Design by Rothelowman

Expanded Mesh Systems

○   Advantages: Unique texture, facilitates airflow and light diffusion

○   Applications: Ideal for creating visually striking feature ceilings in public spaces

Open Cell Ceiling Systems
Hook-On Expanded Mesh Panels at Geelong Performing Arts Centre – Design by HASSELL

Open Cell Ceiling Systems

○   Advantages: Modern design, allows for integrated service and light solutions

○   Applications: Suitable for commercial and retail environments seeking a distinct contemporary look

Project: Castle Towers Shopping Centre | Network Architectural & Durlum | Photo Credit: Durlum

Raft Ceiling Systems

○   Advantages: Architectural feature, enhances acoustics

○   Applications: Best for open-plan areas needing defined spaces without solid partitions

Raft Ceiling Systems
Project: De Boelelaan, Amsterdam | Photo Credit: Durlum

Linear Metal Systems

○   Advantages: Durable, offers a sleek and modern look, with a variety of finish options, & cost effective

○   Applications: Ideal for contemporary commercial spaces, airports, educational institutions and shopping centres where a modern, industrial aesthetic is desired

Linear Metal Ceilings
Linear Strip Metal ceilings at Phrahran High School | Design by Gray Puksand

Wood Wool Suspended Panels

○   Advantages: Unique texture, high-levels of sound absorption, cost-effective

○   Applications: Designs requiring strong acoustic performance and looking to add warmth to a space

Wood Wool Ceiling Tiles
1200mm x 600mm Natural Superfine Panels installed at Heritage College

Each suspended ceiling system offers unique advantages, allowing interior designers to create spaces that are stunning, functional, and within budget. Whether seeking a contemporary style or a natural finish, these systems provide the versatility and quality required for exceptional interior design.

Are you looking to elevate your next project with stunning and versatile ceiling solutions? Explore the world of possibilities with MBS Architectural’s range of suspended ceiling systems. From the sleek likes of linear metal ceilings to the warm aesthetic of timber battens, we have a solution for every design vision.

Contact us today to discover how our products can transform your space, meeting both your design aspirations and budgetary needs. Let’s collaborate to create interiors that are not only visually striking but also functional and inspiring.

Book a call with our architectural team today to get down into the detail. We are happy to chat through ideas, materiality and budget to find out how we can help you create the interiors you need. Simply drop us a note on or call us on 03 9580 7800 to chat with our specification team.

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