Rust, we were taught by parents frantically retrieving bicycles left carelessly out in the rain, is to be avoided at all costs. It’s ugly, they told us, and damaging – a stark sign of dilapidation easily avoided.
To some though, including Amsterdam-based designer Lex Pott, natural degradation is an occurrence to be embraced, not averted. See Transience, a small sculptural series made with fellow designer David Derksen to reveal beauty in natural transition by exploring the oxidation (read: rusting) process. Or True Colours – which alongside Transience will be shown at the Milan Furniture Fair next week – an earlier exploration of the effects of oxidation. Or Fragments of Nature, a series of furniture as well as a study of the geometry of the trees from which it came.
Lex’s portfolio is filled with these small moments of natural triumph, of good-looking composites of contemporary design and raw materials. Would our childhood bikes have looked this good had they been left out in the rain? Under Pott’s watch, just maybe…
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