Lars Beller Fjetland and Monstera

Sep 30, 2016Linn Ellevseth

Lars Beller Fjetland's philosophy as a designer is deeply rooted in his upbringing in western Norway; a fondness for nature's raw materials shaped in a functionalist expression characterizes the designer's approach. The core of Lars Beller Fjetland's work as a designer is the desire to create both a timeless expression and lasting products. Through an immediate and honest idiom, the designer's signature emerges; a sophisticated approach to modern sustainability.

In 2011 he opened his own studio in Bergen, and the following year the breakthrough came with the launch of four products at the annual Salone Del Mobile fair in Milan. In the years 2012 – 2015, Lars Beller Fjetland won both Norwegian and international awards for his work. In October 2015, he was selected for Wallpaper Magazine's "20 under 40" list, as one of 20 designers under 40 who will shape the future.

His goal is to continue his work as a full-time designer and craftsman, with a clear focus on exploring natural materials and craft techniques.

Bachelor's degree in design at Bergen College of Art and Design

Born 1983


MONSTERA - The starting point for Monstera was a trip to Theodor Olsen Sølvwareverksted's archives, stored deep under one of Bergen's seven infamous mountains. It was here that Lars Beller Fjetland discovered sketches of an asymmetrical cutlery from the late fifties that never went into production.

Theodor Olsen asked him to process the drawings and brings them into the 20th century and the result is Monstera.

The prototype is hand-forged by master craftsman Bjørn Steffen Thorsen at Arven 1886 in Bergen.

Produced by Bjørn Steffen Thoresen at Arven 1868 - Photo: Sjur Pollen

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