Porto 1 is an acoustically absorptive composite cork wall system composed of 1’-4” (40.6 cm) square tiles produced with waste material from wine stopper production. The resulting product is 93% recycled cork produced in a waste-free molding process. The tiles secure to the unique pressure fit rail system with a gentle push. Named after the Portuguese city known for its cork factories, the design of Porto 1 tiles is inspired by the familiar texture of rounded silos on factory buildings. Tiles may be oriented horizontally or vertically to provide sound softening and pattern.
Lars Beller Fjetland grew up amongst the mountains and fjords of the west coast of Norway, where he nurtured a lifelong fascination of the marriage of function with the finest natural materials. He established his self-titled design office—Beller Design—in 2011 while still a student at Bergen Academy of Art and Design and had his breakthrough moment in 2012 when he launched four designs at Salone de Mobile in Milan, Italy. Lars is constantly seeking to broaden his horizons as a dedicated explorer of form and function. His core philosophy is to design products that achieve a sense of both timelessness and longevity through an immediate, honest functionalism in form and aesthetic.