Spinneybeck: Tratto

December 4, 2015

Belting Leather is a thick, rigid leather developed during the Industrial Revolution to drive machinery that has since been used for many other applications, including furniture strapping, table inlays, and wall tiles. When creating Tratto for Spinneybeck, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, the global head of design for Bloomberg, founder and principal of EFM Design, and former creative director of Spinneybeck, experimented with slicing and stretching this type of durable leather.

Tratto, which means traction or stretch in Italian, is an architectural screening system made of stretched CNC-cut Belting Leather—extended to more than twice its length and held in traction within an aluminum frame with a clear satin anodized finish. The screen creates interplay between positive and negative space but does not block light or sight lines.

Spinneybeck President Roger Wall, who worked closely with the designer in developing Tratto, explained, “We’re pleased to continue our longstanding collaboration with Emanuela Frattini Magnusson and carry on our focus on leather architectural products with a new use for a traditionally industrial material.”

Made to order, Tratto is available in 26 leather colors and several standard widths (2 feet, 2 feet 4 inches, 2 feet 8 inches, and 3 feet) and heights (4 feet, 4 feet 4 inches, 4 feet 8 inches, 5 feet, 5 feet 4 inches, 5 feet 8 inches, and 6 feet). Multiple screens may be linked together.

Tratto, which can be cleaned with a soft-brush vacuum attachment, ships with suspension hardware and a 3-foot suspension cable that can be cut to accommodate site conditions.