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…
- Dressed in Black: the resolute book covers of the Spektrum series
- Dima Shriyeav’s textured poster designs incorporate hand-drawn and digital elements
- Hai-Hsin Huang’s detailed and delicate illustrations present “the lightness of being”
- Laurent Eisler draws playful figures in “precariously balanced compositions”
- Small Gods magazine explores “anomalies of the drone”
- Adam Wells animates Love and Radio’s Dan Deacon interview through obtuse vignettes
- Fashion photographer Miles Aldridge shoots the cast of Game of Thrones for Time Magazine
- The Netherlands’ royal crest changes gender for national women’s football team kit by Nike
- Peek inside erotic magazine Odiseo’s very NSFW tenth issue
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Design director, Gail Bichler, on The New York Times Magazine typography exhibition
- Mark Shaw captures the glamour of haute couture runways from the 1950s