Solid is a minimalist coffee table made from natural, solid materials that unite Scandinavian craftsmanship with the basic principles of Japanese architecture. The result is a timeless and sturdy coffee table with a simple design stripped of unnecessary details.
The designer, Lars Beller Fjetland, has based Solid's design on a more than 1,000 year old Japanese structure called Torii. Toriis were originally the entrances to Shinto temples, which were used for worship and storage of sacred objects. The reference is evident in the choice of materials that are in tune with the original wood and stone used for the Torii gates, but with a Scandinavian twist.
Lars Beller Fjetland says: "My basic philosophy as a designer is to design furniture that achieves a sense of both timelessness and durability. With its simple appearance, clean lines and natural materials Solid is a good example of a product that I think and hope will last for generations."Design: Lars Beller Fjetland
Lars Beller Fjetland
Growing up on the west coast of Norway, Lars Beller Fjetland has always been fascinated by nature’s materials. After studying Economics for three years, this fascination and the need to work with something more creative lead him to the Bergen National Academy of the Arts where he graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree in the summer of 2012.
Lars Beller Fjetland describes himself as being a combination of both a curious and pragmatic designer. He allows the quality of the material to dictate both the function and aesthetics of the design, and he strives to create objects with a sense of both timelessness and longevity.
Lars Beller Fjetland explains: “Design to me is stripping everything down to its bare essentials. Honest design, where you can see both how and why the materials and components are interacting and working together. Design is the challenge of only using materials for their inherent qualities, as this will ensure that the object being designed has the ability to fulfill its purpose without having an expiration date. No cheap gimmicks, just a pure, simplistic marriage between function and beauty.”