“Colouring metals requires accurate recipes. My new vases for &tradition show the results of research on metals and their true colours; a direct relationship between colour, material and information.”
True Colours is a new series of vases by Lex Pott for &tradition. Each of the seven vases is made from a different oxidised metal — copper, steel, brass, and aluminium — while featuring a contrasting and highly polished segment. The subtle chromatic result shows the true colours of each metal, both in its polished and oxidised state. In addition to revealing the rich palette of each metal, True Colours also plays on the contrast between the rough, organic facture of the oxidised patina and the lustrous surface of the polished segment.
“Since the reaction of the patina is organic,” says Pott, “every vase is unique but remains reproducible.” The seven vases in the True Colours Vase series come in blue, terracotta, and black brass, white aluminium, green copper, and brown steel. All vary in size — from 10 cm to 24 cm in height and from 6.5 cm to 10.5 cm in diameter — but follow the same principle of production. While each vase is a unique piece that works on its own, together the members of the True Colours family complement each other beautifully.
A graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 who set up his studio that same year, he intuitively experiments with natural materials due to their timeless appeal – but without knowing the creative outcome. Pott’s process of exploration has led to a range of diverse scenarios, from functional products to decorative pieces. To a concept for a fashion brand or an art exhibit.
Unlike most designers, Pott never sketches during any stage of his creative process. Instead his focus is on materials such as wood, stone and metal. Pushing their properties beyond limits.
True Colours is a series of seven vases which juxtapose polished metal with its oxidized patina. Each metal, from copper, steel and brass to aluminium, exudes a ravishing spectrum of colours, such as cobalt blue, ruby, mint and rust. “At &tradition, we are truly enthralled by Pott’s way of working with
n a t u r a l m a t e r i a l s a n d t h e i r p o t e n t i a l ,” s a y s M a r t i n K o r n b e k H a n s e n . “ W h e r e the pure and the polished co-exist in one product. By delving into the chemistry of colour, he revealed textures and colours inherent in the metals but hidden from the naked eye.”