Spinneybeck’s Beller Collection Introduces New Natural Material
Spinneybeck’s Beller Collection introduces a new natural material to the iconic brand known for full grain leather. Driven by a lifelong fascination with nature and technology instilled in his native Norway, Lars Beller Fjetland was immediately drawn to cork. An ancient material in use since the 3rd century BC, cork’s got a lot to brag about—it’s an acoustic absorber, a renewable resource harvested from the cork oak, and a recyclable material to boot. It’s the go-to material for wine stoppers, aerospace and transportation components, consumer goods, and construction products, but now finds itself in molded acoustic wall tiles that up the design ante.
Manufactured with waste material from wine stopper production, Beller Collection molded tiles are 93% recycled cork produced in a waste-free molding process. The tiles are flexible too; allowing endless configurations using standard tile designs that add three-dimensional patterning with acoustic absorption and secure to a pressure fit rail system with a gentle push.
The design of Lisboa tiles takes inspiration from the street grids of its namesake city (Lisbon, Portugal) while referencing the flexible pattern making of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s ceramic tiles. The five tile designs feature a thin linear reveal in varied locations that combine to create endless pattern options from simple to elaborate. Named after the Portuguese city known for its cork factories, the three standard profiles of Porto are inspired by familiar textures found in factory building surfaces—rounded silos, corrugated metal siding, and saw-tooth rooftops.
Lars Beller Fjetland grew up amongst the mountains and fjords of the west coast of Norway, where he founded his self-titled design firm in 2011. He is a dedicated explorer of form and function with designs for the likes of HAY, Hem, Normann Copenhagen, Theodor Olsen, Wrong London.