Pott uses materials found in nature as his primary materials. Tables, shelves and coat stands result from combining the original structure of a tree with its industrial by-products. The compound of organic and symmetrical forms challenges the binary divide between nature and culture that underlies traditional design. It also reveals the organic origin of many industrially-produced items. Pott brings design back to nature.
27-year-old designer Lex Pott employs a raw and intuitive method. In his work, he returns to the origin of the materials he uses most: wood, stone and metal. He does not hide his designs under indirect layers, but reduces them to their very essence. Pott is an Amsterdam based designer and works from his studio in an old shipyard on the NDSM-Terrein, one of the last fringes in Amsterdam. The young designer graduated cum laude more than a year ago from the Design Academy Eindhoven.
In the products of my hand, you always can tell from which materials they are made of, under what kind of circumstances, and with which techniques they were produced.
As a designer, I am not so concerned with styling. I’d rather look at what a material does, and is. Non-design is a movement. In this movement, it’s all about pureness, about product traceability. It’s a broader trend. Look what’s happening with food right now. People don’t like to be treated as mass consumers anymore. They are going for quality, love, and attention.
colour is a medium to transport information. Steel, for example, will get rusty and changes its colour to brown. It reacts to the environment because that’s how steel behaves, as a material. True Colours consists of a number of panels made from different metal oxide species, each with their own colour. It allows me to compose my own colour palette that is directly linked to the material. That’s thinking from the properties of the material. Not from adding just something on it.