Fragments at Design Miami/ Curio

Lex Pott & Calico Wallpaper Miami Dec 2015

The Future Perfect presents Fragments, part of Design Curio at Design Miami/, December 2nd – 6th, 2015. The installation will include new and exclusively commissioned work from Dutch designer Lex Pott and New York-based Calico Wallpaper, created in collaboration with The Future Perfect founder David Alhadeff.

Fragments is an immersive display of Lex Pott’s new works in stone framed by a custom handmade gradient wallcovering made from the same stone by Nicholas and Rachel Cope of Calico Wallpaper. The wall design will be hand-applied on-site at Design Miami/, creating a holistic environment and allowing visitors to see the performative process as it develops.

“It is an honor to unveil this project as a Design Curio at Design Miami/,” said David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect. “At The Future Perfect, we have long been dedicated to commissioning new work from emerging designers, and we are proud to continue that mission with Lex Pott and Calico Wallpaper, two rising stars on the global design scene.”

Fragments will feature four new Lex Pott works, three of which are made from Belgian Bluestone. The fourth piece, a shelf, is composed of multiple layers of marble including: Nero Marquina, Verde Rajasthan, Rouge, Giallo Reale, and Bianco Carrara marble, sourced from the same quarry as the rest of the collection. Commissioned by Alhadeff exclusively for The Future Perfect, the designs started with an idea about the way rock at a quarry breaks along the natural lines in the material. The works offer a dialogue between nature’s naturally broken forms and industry’s polished planes of traditionally manufactured stone.

Monumental, rough slabs adjoin smooth surfaces in the Fragments Dining Table and Fragments Side Table, while in Fragments Layered Shelf, five distinct colored marbles are stacked against each other. The collection explores the properties of stone and tells a story about the interplay of texture.

Invited by Alhadeff to create an artistic wallcovering for Fragments, Calico Wallpaper developed a unique process whereby custom pigments derived from pulverized stone – the same stone used in Pott’s work – will be hand-applied to a fine linen substrate created especially for the installation. The end result is a gradient in a similar color to the Lex Pott works, which will progressively fade to the natural linen color as the visitor’s gaze moves toward the ceiling. The pigments are mixed with mica, which adds depth and luster, causing the design to shimmer as guests move throughout the space. Calico Wallpaper painters will wear jumpsuits created from the same Belgian linen, and over the course of the exhibition the jumpsuits will naturally take on the pigment from the painting process, blending the wallcovering and furniture pieces through performance.

ABOUT LEX POTT

 

Lex Pott is an Amsterdam-based designer who produces arresting experimental works that fuse natural inspiration with sleek, modern aesthetics. Incorporating both art and function, Pott creates one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate the raw essence of a material, whether it is wood, metal or stone.

Born in 1985 to artistic parents, Lex Pott was immersed in creativity, production and innovation from a young age. After attending the Design Academy Eindhoven, he began his practice of connecting the principles of design with the use of raw materials – a groundbreaking combination. His graduation project, which included wooden shelves and an oversized stone table, utilized natural materials beginning a dialogue around sustainability and ecology.

Lex Pott ’s True Colors collection incorporated treated metals, panels, shelves, and vases that exposed the exuberance of uncorroded metal; his Diptych collection was a break into organic and geometric shapes; and his Pivot line of silver corner shelves and gold cone embellishment was a streamlined take on classic functionality. But it was the Pivot shelf that caught the eye of Hay, the Danish manufacturer, who picked up the collection in Milan in 2013, a move that catapulted Pott onto the world design stage.

Lex Pott ’s work continues to create innovative designs and one of a kind pieces that push the boundaries of practical design, including his recent creation named La Cornue. A metal oxidized cooker, the piece showed at Milan Design Week 2016 as part of the Chroma collection on show at the ‘Transitions” exhibition. With rivers of marbled blue and bright golden clasps on its exterior, the cooker creates fantasy out of the ordinary. Pott is increasingly distinguished by this ability to bring art and design together in a way that elevates both.

Pott’s maintains an ongoing collaboration with Hay as well as work for &Tradition, Studio Thomas Vailly, and Wallpaper* Handmade. His work has shown at Prometeo Gallery in Milan, Het Nieuwe Institute in Rotterdam, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Aram Gallery in London, New Window in Eindoven, Museum Artipelag in Gustavsberg, and others.

Lex Pott has been awarded myriad accolades including being named the No.1 Design Talent in the Netherlands by Volkskrant 2015, the winner of the Young Talent Pin selected by Linteloo 2014, and the winner of the AUPING Styling Award public prize in 2012. Pott was also nominated for the MINI Young Designer Award 2013, the D3 contest IM Cologne 2013, the Rene Smeets prize in 2009, the Melkweg prize in 2009, and for the Designhuis Talent award in 2009.

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