In a new ongoing collaboration with Maharam, industrial designer Bertjan Pot brings his experimental approach to a series of textiles that employ simple, repetitive techniques to create complex patterns rooted in structure and emphasized by bold color.
Citing material experimentation as the starting point for each project, Pot uses simple components and processes to create intricate objects.
The Dutch designer embraces repetitive techniques such as handweaving and machine stitching to create sophisticated constructions, generating pattern from inherent structure.
Working from his studio in Rotterdam, Pot applies materials in unexpected ways, transforming them in the process.
To herald this new ongoing collaboration, photographer Nick Ballón visited Pot's Rotterdam studio to learn more about his approach.
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Drawing upon utilitarian design principles including the Shaker traditions of material simplicity and decoration derived from construction, woven upholstery Twist enlists a yarn-twisting technique to form a randomized moiré pattern that vibrates with visual energy.
Shake reframes Twist's structural pattern within a stripe, alternating between two different groups of plied yarn to create a vivid interplay of color whilst also strengthening the textile's structure.
Hustle extends the humble yarn-twisting method to a handwoven duotone wool rug, Bertjan Pot exaggerates the weave's structure and pattern via high-contrast color combinations.
Floss reimagines traditional hand-knotting rug techniques in a similarly exuberant palette, with evenly spaced freeform tufts dotted across its surface.
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